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James Newby Baritone

Recipient of Independent Opera Wigmore Hall/IO Voice Fellowship 2016

Baritone James Newby is currently in his final year of study at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance under the tutelage of Alison Wells. James will continue his studies with a scholarship place on the Masters course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Robert Dean from September 2016. Awards include Third Prize and the Richard Tauber prize, best interpretation of a Schubert Lied, Wigmore Hall/Kohn International Song Competition 2015, Third Prize and the Audience Prize, Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards 2015, Joyce Budd second prize, Junior Kathleen Ferrier Bursary Competition, Trinity Laban Roy Pleasance Award, Trinity Laban English Song Competition 2015 and the Wilfred Greenhouse Allt prize for best performance in Oratorio or Cantata two years running, 2013 - 2015. James Newby is also the recipient of the Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera Voice Fellowship 2016.

James has performed as a soloist in prestigious venues, including Cadogan Hall, Wigmore Hall, St John's Chapel and St Martin in the Fields. Recent concert engagements include Mendelssohn’s Elijah (Stafford and District Choral Society); Mozart’s Requiem and Haydn’s Nelson Mass (The Academy of St Martin in the Fields); Bach’s St John Passion (Bass Arias) and B Minor Mass (Southern Sinfonia/Old Royal Naval College Chapel); Orff’s Carmina Burana (Trinity Laban Undergraduate choir/ensemble); Handel’s Messiah (Kingfisher Chorale/Amicable Society Baroque Orchestra) and Faure’s Requiem (Corsley Festival Choir and Orchestra). James enjoys a busy schedule as a recitalist, recent performances include two recitals n the Perth International Arts Festival, Australia, and a performance of Schumann’s Dichterliebe in the Triinity Laban Schumann and Poulenc Project, led by Eugene Asti.

James' operatic roles include the title roles in Eugene Onegin (Brent Opera) and Don Giovanni (Moon Little Opera), Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas (Trinity Laban Chamber Choir), Gobrias in Belshazzar and Apollo in Orpheus in the Underworld (Trinity Laban Opera), Papageno in Die Zauberflöte (Suffolk Opera) and Guglielmo in Cosi Fan Tutte (Everybody's Theatre Company). James has sung in the chorus at Opera Holland Park and will join the Glyndebourne Festival Chorus for 2016.

This biography was published in September 2016.