Marion Newman | Mezzo Soprano
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Naxos Griselda CoverVivaldi's opera, Griselda, with Marion singing the title role, has now been released on the Naxos label. Griselda is the Queen of Thessaly, but of simple origins, and the king sets about to prove her nobility, honour, loyalty and true love for him by putting her through some difficult trials.

This beautiful recording, featuring the Aradia Ensemble and an excellent cast of young singers, is lead by Kevin Mallon. Recorded in Toronto in September of 2006, the rest of the cast includes Giles Tomkins as King Gualtiero, Colin Ainsworth as Ottone, Carla Huhtanen as Costanza, Lynne McMurtry as Roberto and Jason Nedecky as Corrado.

Visit the Naxos website for more information on this recording and to obtain your own copy for a very reasonable rate!


Opera 2005 Carmen PosterMarion appears as a guest performer on Sea Change, a Continuum Contemporary Music recording featuring works by Michael Oesterle, Linda C Smith, Geoff Hannan, Martin Arnold, Scott Wilson and Richard Ayres, and conducted by Rosemary Thomson.

Produced by the legendary Jonathan Goldsmith, the recording also includes ensemble members Anne Thompson, Max Christie, Benjamin Bowman, Paul Widner, Laurent Philippe, Ryan Scott, and bass Peter Pavlovsky.


Opera 2005 Carmen PosterNominated for an Irish Times theatre award, Opera 2005's production of The Barber of Seville, in a fast paced 1920's Black and White keystone cops style, was a hit this November in Cork, Ireland. Marion sang the role of Rosina, pictured here with Martin Higgins as Bartolo and Nyle Wolfe as Figaro. The review in The Irish Examiner noted her "faultless" Una voce poco fa. Nicholas Ransley as the Count, Deryck Hamon as Basilio and Brendan Collins as Fiorello filled out this stellar cast. Thomas de Mallet Burgess directed this production designed by Connor Murphy. Kevin Mallon, general director of Opera 2005, conducted all four performances.


Marion proved herself to be very boyish in her first portrayal of one of the best loved trouser roles, Cherubino, in the C.O.S.I. program production of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, this July in Sulmona, Italy. Performances took place in the beautiful Teatro Comunale "Maria Caniglia" di Sulmona. The extremely talented young cast and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Razgrad were led by conductor Judith Yan, production directed by Lorna Haywood.

In addition to performing in the opera, Marion spent the month studying the Italian language and taking coachings and lessons with some of the finest operatic coaches such as Martin Isepp, Luisa Mauro, Carol Isaac and Paul Dorgan in this new summer program developed by Dr. Darryl Edwards. The summer program concluded with a well-received Gala performance of some of opera's favourites, for which Marion dropped all manly pretenses and performed Carmen's Habanera as the encore.


Opera 2005 Carmen PosterMarion performed a recital programme consisting of Britten, Chausson, Mahler and the world premiere of Bigiiwe, by Canadian Ojibway/Odawa composer Barbara Croall, to a very warm and welcoming audience this April. Marion's dress was designed by Toronto designer Natalya Willy with Kwagiulth design by Marion's parents.

Stanley Fefferman's review on Showtime- included this quote: "Newman's voice flows... like a deep river moving through a delta towards the open sea."

Read the full review


Opera 2005 Carmen PosterMarion (on the left) made her Vancouver Opera debut as Third Lady in 6 performances of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, in January and February 2007, in an exciting new production directed by Robert McQueen. This unique rendering of the opera was very well received and played to sold-out, enthusiastic audiences for the entire run.


Opera 2005 Carmen PosterMarion had a successful run of appearances at six of Ontario's Summer Music Festivals. In July, with the Aradia Baroque Ensemble, she performed the music of Vivaldi, Monteverdi and Strozzi, in a very well received program of chamber music of Venice, at Deseronto, Philipsville, the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival and the Toronto Festival of the Arts.
In August she performed at the Niagara International Chamber Music Festival and the Brott Summer Festival. For these concerts she performed works by Lakota composer Louis W. Ballard, Navajo composer Raven Chacon and Canadian composer Barbara Croall of the Odawa Ojibway Nation. These pieces gave Marion the opportunity to use her skills as a narrator, with string quartet, and as a traditional singer and drummer, with the Brott orchestra. As well, Marion presented two West Coast Potlatch songs, which she introduced and sang in Kwakwala, the language of her Kwagiulth heritage.


Opera 2005 Carmen PosterMarion, along with with the Aradia Ensemble, performed an afternoon concert at Sam The Record Man in downtown Toronto to launch their most recent recording for the Naxos label.

Vivaldi's Sacred Music 2 was made available this May with Marion singing the famous Stabat Mater and Clarae Stellae Scintillate and soprano Tracy Smith Bessette singing Canta in prato, ride in monte and Laudate pueri Dominum.
The recording has been positively reviewed in the June 2006 issue of Whole Note magazine. Marion's performance was given specific attention, being called "passionate and moving" and "worth the price of admission."
The CD has also been chosen as the #2 recommended CD for the "Opera Plus" channel on Canada's CBC Galaxie Satellite Radio for the month of July 2006.
Read the entire Whole Note review here
For more information visit the Naxos Website


Marion's debut with Choeur Saint-Laurent to mark the final concert of founder-director Iwan Edwards was broadcast on CBC Radio 2's Choral Concert program in June. The piece aired was Mozart's Davidde Penitente. Other solists included soprano Leslie Fagan, tenor Colin Ainsworth, and baritone Marc Boucher. The concert was accompanied by Ensemble Amati.


Naxos Rinaldo CoverMarion is very excited to announce that her first recorded opera has been released. The Aradia Ensemble's recording of Handel's Rinaldo featuring Marion Newman as Goffredo – the King and Captain of the Army, Kimberly Barber as Rinaldo, Laura Whalen as Almirena, Barbara Hannigan as Armida and Sean Watson as Argante has been released on the Naxos label.
For more information visit the Naxos Website
"Marion Newman's Goffredo is authoritative
and fluid"   -


Opera 2005 Carmen PosterMarion Newman made her Carmen debut with Opera 2005 in Cork, Ireland this July, to great acclaim. For four performances, Marion brought the title role to life, under the baton of conductor Kevin Mallon and director Chris Cowell. Canadian Tenor David Pomeroy appeared as Don José.
Designer David Craig set the production during the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s, casting Carmen as a cigarrette factory worker by day and a cabaret singer at Lillas Pastia's tavern by night, adding a theatrical twist to the famous tale.
The Irish Examiner gave the production a five star review, calling Marion and David "very exciting new talents... spark[ing] an electricity which totally engrossed the audience; Newman's superbly sinuous sexuality marrying perfectly with Pomeroy's magnetically rich voice."
Marion Newman as CarmenThe Irish Times also reviewed the concert, saying "Marion Newman as Carmen and David Pomeroy as Don José... with conductor Kevin Mallon lever[ed] the musical and vocal achievements onto an altogether higher level."
The rest of this exciting cast was filled out by Mary Hegarty as Micaela, Brendan Collins as Zuniga, David Delargy as Morales, Catherine Harper as Frasquita, Nuala Murry as Mercedes, Roland Wood as Escamillo, Owen Gillhooley as Dancairo and David Revels as Remendado.
Read the entire Irish Examiner review here


Opera Canada Spring 2005 CoverMarion's fall Carmen performance has been reviewed by Timothy McGee in the Spring 2005 issue of Opera Canada.
"With an exuberant standing ovation, the capacity audience at Markham Theatre showed its enthusiasm for an outstanding Opera York performance of Bizet’s Carmen on November 25. The orchestra was in excellent form and conductor Sabatino Vacca led them through a fast-paced, well-modulated reading that contributed much to the excitement of the evening. Although billed as a 'concert' performance, Artistic Director Penelope Cookson produced an appealingly animated rendition, with the cast moving about the stage, and toreador Escamillo making his entrances through the aisles. The York Opera chorus was well-trained and in good voice, augmented by a spirited and dynamic girls chorus from St. Elizabeth Catholic High School. Soloists were all of very high quality, notably Mirela Tafaj (Micaela), and Keith Klassen (Don José), who received a very warm reception from the audience. But the most memorable performances of the evening belonged to baritone Andrew Tees (Escamillo) and mezzo Marion Newman (Carmen), both gifted with excellent voices and impressive stage presences. Newman, a comparative newcomer, is a real find. She imbued her Carmen with a charming seductiveness and beautifully warm legato line that marks her as a talent to watch."
Timothy J McGee has a been active in the field of music as a performer, coach, writer, teacher, and radio commentator for over 40 years.

Vivaldi and the Four Seasons Textbook

Marion Newman is honoured to have been featured in a spotlight on First Nations musicians in the recently released "Vivaldi and the Four Seasons" textbook.
This resource was created by the National Arts Centre to present the world of classical music in a fun, interactive and relevant way to students in grades 4 through 6, and was distributed to elementary schools in Canada in 2005.
For more information, visit


Marion Newman as JunoPacific Opera Victoria's February 2004 production of Lee Hoiby's The Tempest was met with enthusiastic reviews. Marion's performance as Juno, Queen of the Faeries, garnered a mention on CBC2's "On The Island" radio programme, where "the three Goddesses – Iris, Ceres and Juno – played by Phoebe MacRae, Michelle Sutton and Marion Newman" were praised with "the best aria of the night... a thrilling trio!"
Also appearing were Edward Crafts as Prospero, Nathalie Paulin and Ariel, Frederique Vezina as Miranda, Doug MacNaughton as Trinculo, Terence Mierau as Gonzalo and John David De Haan as Caliban in Shakespeare's classic tale of spirits, sorcery, monsters, maidens and a scheming nobleman shipwrecked on a mystical isle.
Marion's brother Carey Newman sang the role of Sebastian, marking their first performance in an Opera together.


Following a well-received performance of Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the George Weston Recital Hall in January 2004, Marion joined the Toronto Philharmonia to reprise her role as Rosina this past July for the closing event of the Huntsville Festival of the Arts.
The sold out Opera-in-Concert also featured Alexander Dobson as Figaro, Colin Ainsworth as Almaviva, Charles Baxter as Don Bartolo, Van Abrahams as Fiorello, and Vicki St Pierre as Berta. Opera aficionado Iain Scott hosted the evening while Kerry Stratton conducted.


Marion Newman with Micheline RoiThis past November Marion travelled to Lithuania with the Ergo Ensemble to perform at the Is Arti International Contemporary Music Festival. The trip was part of Autumn Passing, an exchange of Canadian and Lithuanian composers.
Accompanied by percussionist Samuel Morgenstein and pianist Stephen Clarke, Marion performed bear*ing, a new work by Canadian composer Micheline Roi.


September  |  2008
Le Nozze di Figaro

Opera Lyra

Ottawa ON

November 22 |  2008
Petit Messe Solennelle

Cantata Singers of Ottawa
Ottawa ON

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Fall & Winter  |  2008

Opera Lyra

Marion alternates singing the roles of Cinderella and the Ugly Stepsister in this production of a favourite fairy tale. This adaptation, by director Robert Herriot, combines the beautiful music of Massenet and Rossini, bringing the magic of opera to many Ottawa elementary schools.
Ottawa ON

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March 4–6  |  2009

National Ballet of Canada

Marion will sing Vivaldi's Dixit Dominus with the Mendelssohn Choir in Sabrina Matthews' new work
Toronto ON

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March 14 | 2009

Opera Lyra

Marion sings the roles of Cinderella and the Ugly Stepsister in this short version of Cinderella

Ottawa ON

March 20 | 2009

The Bremen Town Musicians
Opera Lyra

Marion will sing the role of The Dog in a workshop performance of this wonderful new opera for young audiences by Canadian composer, Dean Burry.

Ottawa ON

March 22 | 2009

Opera Lyra Ottawa
Studio Competition

This annual competition offers artists within the OLO Opera Studio the opportunity to showcase their vocal talents and to present before a distinguished panel of experts from the opera world.

Ottawa ON

April 7 | 2009

Aboriginal HR Inclusion Works Gala

Marion, Inuit singer Susan Aglukark and the Métis Buttertown Jiggers are all on the performance line-up as part of this exciting gala dinner celebration, hosted by Rick Mercer.

Vancouver BC

April 14–17 | 2009

Festival of the Sound
School Tour

Marion will tour elementary schools in the Parry Sound area, singing and discussing some operatic favourites, with a quartet of talented singers. The tour culminates in two formal performances at the beautiful Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts.

Parry Sound ON

May 2 | 2009

Poems from a Love Triangle

Marion will perform the roles of Nina, Marianne and Europa in this world premiere of composer Bill Gilliam's latest work.

Toronto ON

May 11–15 | 2009

Native Earth Performing Arts

Marion will sing the lead role in this workshop of a new opera by Spy Denommé Welch and Catherine Magowan.

Toronto ON

May 22 | 2009

The Best of Opera
New Hamburg Live!
Festival of the Arts

The Concert Opera Group will perform operatic highlights as one of the concerts for this brand new festival.

New Hamburg ON

May 25 - June 19 | 2009

Hansel and Gretel
Opera Hamilton

Marion will sing the role of Hänsel in this well-known and loved opera by Engelbert Humperdinck.

Oakville & Burlington ON

August 3–10 |  2008
North American Indigenous Games

Cowichan BC

July 2, 6, 9, 13
August |  2008
Spirit Moon
Young People's Opera

Surrey, Langley &
Cowichan BC

May 17 |  2008
Universal Brotherhood
Prince George Symphony

Prince George BC

April 5 |  2008
Dona Nobis Pacem
St Lawrence Choir
Montreal QC

March 2  |  2008
Georgian Bay Concert Choir
Owen Sound Ontario
December 15–16  |  2007
Fanshawe Chorus London
London Ontario
November 23  |  2007

Ottawa Choral Society


Ottawa Ontario
July 21–26  |  2007
Le Nozze di Figaro

Centre for Opera in
Sulmona Italy

Sulmona, Italy
June 30  |  2007
La Traviata

Sulmona Atelier

Sulmona, Italy
Gala Opening of the
ROM Crystal

Royal Ontario Museum Toronto Ontario
Private function
Toca Loca's
60-Minute Workoutl

Toca Loca
Music Gallery
Toronto Ontario
April 26  |  2007

Women's Musical Club
of Toronto
Walter Hall
Toronto Ontario
January 27 & 30
February 1, 3, 6 & 8
Die Zauberflöte
Vancouver Opera
Third Lady

Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Vancouver BC

December 15-16  |  2006 
Victoria Symphony
Christ Church Cathedral
Victoria BC

December 8 & 10  |  2006
Fanshawe Chorus London
Centennial Hall &
St. Peter’s Basilica
London ON
December 1  |  2006
Prince George Symphony
Vanier Hall
Prince George BC
November 15-19  |  2006
Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Opera 2005

Cork Opera House
Cork Ireland
September 22-23  |  2006
Opera Gala

The Concert Opera Group
Oshawa ON
August 12  |  2006
Canadian Contemporary Composers | Midawewe'igan from Manidoo |
The Sound of the Drum

Barbara Croall
Hamilton Place Studio Theatre
Hamilton Ontario
August 9  |  2006
A New Day |
Voices coming from the Four Directions |
A First Nations Chamber Music Concert

Niagara International Chamber Music Festival
Niagara On the Lake
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July 26 | 2006
Eyes on Baroque– 
Chamber Music of Venice

The Aradia Ensemble
Gladstone Hotel
Toronto ON
July 23-25 |  2006
Serenissima – 
Chamber Music of Venice

The Aradia Ensemble
July 23 | 7:30pm
Deseronto Arts and Culture Society
St Mark's Hall
Deseronto ON
July 24 | 7:30pm
Philipsville Summer Arts
Philipsville Baptist Church
Philippsville ON
July 25 | 8pm
Ottawa Chamber Music Festival
Christchurch Cathedral
Ottawa ON
June 16 |  2006
Grand River Baroque Festival
The Aradia Ensemble
Buehlow Farm
Ayr ON
May 31 |  2006
An Die Musik
The Talisker Players
Trinity St. Paul's Centre
Toronto ON
April 30 |  2006
Mozart Coronation Mass, Veni, sancto spiritus & Davidde Penitente
St Lawrence Choir
Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste
Montreal QC
April 5 |  2006
St John Passion
Kingston Symphony
St Mary's Cathedral
Kingston ON
April 1 |  2006
Mozart Coronation Mass

Karen Schuessler Singers
Wesley-Knox United Church
London ON
January 29 |  2006
La Griselda

Opera in Concert
Jane Mallett Theatre
St Lawrence Centre
for the Arts
Toronto ON
December 4  |  2005
Ottawa Choral Society
St. Francis of Assisi Church
Ottawa ON
November 10  |  2005
Voices of Victory
Toronto Philharmonia and
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir

George Weston Recital Hall
North York ON
July 20  |  2005
with Pianist Robert Holliston
Sooke Harbour House
Sooke BC
July 6, 7, 9 & 10 |  2005
Opera 2005
Cork Opera House
Cork Ireland
May 26 & 27  |  2005
Red Sky Performance
Glenn Gould Studio
February 26  |  2005

Toronto Korean-Canadian Choir
December 21 - 22  |  2004

Symphony Nova Scotia
December 15  |  2004

Kingston Symphony
November 25  |  2004

Opera York
November 10 - 16  |  2004

Life Cycles
Ergo Ensemble
Is Arti New Music Festival
November 5  |  2004

Life Cycles
Ergo Ensemble
October 17  |  2004
Italian Opera Favorites
Opera York
July 18 |  2004
Barber of Seville
Toronto Philharmonia
Huntsville Festival for the Arts
June 19  |  2004

A Night at the Met
Toronto People With AIDS Foundation Benefit
June 2 - 6  |  2004

Powers of Two
Modern Baroque Opera
April 24  |  2004

An Opera Gala
First St Andrews United Church Choir
London Ontario
March 13 & 21  |  2004

Continuum Contemporary Music
Toronto & Kitchener Ontario
February 12 - 21  |  2004

The Tempest
Pacific Opera Victoria
January 22  |  2004

Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Toronto Philharmonia
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