Toby Newman

Biography

Described by the New York Times as “fresh-voiced and sympathetic,” Toby Newman most recently appeared as Emilia in LoftOpera’s critically acclaimed production of Rossini’s Otello. Her repertoire includes Sesto in Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Opera Roanoke), Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti (Anchorage Opera), Zerlina in Don Giovanni (Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice), Bianca in The Rape of Lucretia (LoftOpera), and the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors (The Bushnell Center for Performing Arts, Hartford, CT). Of her Dorabella in Così fan tutte with St. Petersburg Opera, The Tampa Bay Examiner said “Ms. Newman had the entire audience laughing continuously from falling up the stairs to hang onto her departing love’s leg to learning coquetry from Ms. Seipel. She has such a clear voice and amazing range that it gave listeners delightful shivers.”

Ms. Newman is also an accomplished oratorio singer, with recent credits including the alto solos in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Handel’s Messiah, Judas Maccabaeus, and Dettigen Te Deum, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Cantata 80, Brahms’ Liebeslieder Walzer, and one of the two “divas” in the New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s Dueling Divas concert. Ms. Newman’s discography includes the alto solos on the newly released recording of Emerson Eads’ Mass for the Oppressed.

In addition to her work in traditional opera and oratorio, Ms. Newman works extensively in the realm of new music and contemporary opera. Her longtime association with Meredith Monk has included multiple recordings and concerts at Carnegie Hall and other renowned venues. Additional new music highlights include the lead female role in Robert Een’s opera The Escape Artist at Disney Hall in Los Angeles and repeat performances in Maharashstra, India, and world and American premieres by composers such as Thomas Pasatieri, Huang Ruo, and Gerald Cohen, among many others.

Repertoire

ROLES PERFORMED
Composer Role Work Company Year
Humperdinck Hansel Hänsel und Gretel Raylynmor Opera 2017
Rossini Emilia Otello LoftOpera 2017
Floyd Mrs. McLean Susannah Opera Roanoke 2017
Verdi Countess Ceprano Rigoletto Hawaii Opera Theatre 2016
Britten Bianca The Rape of Lucretia LoftOpera 2015
Manno Ivy Wiliams/Oona Chaplin Do Not Go Gentle (world premiere) Phoenicia Festival of the Voice 2015
Handel Sesto Giulio Cesare Opera Roanoke 2014
Rossini Zulma L’italiana in Algeri Opera Fairbanks 2014
Kauder Young Merlin Merlin (world premiere) Hugo Kauder Society 2013
Een Love Interest The Escape Artist Maharashtra, India 2013
Cohen Manja Polak Steal a Pencil for Me (world premiere) Jewish Theological Seminary 2013
Holst Savitri Savitri Little Opera Theatre of New York 2012
Huang Ruo Ni Gui-Zhen Sun Yat-Sen The Asia Society of New York 2012
Mozart Zerlina Don Giovanni Phoenicia Festival of the Voice 2011
Cavalli Linfea La Calisto Vertical Players Repertory 2011
Mozart Dorabella Così fan tutte Operamission 2010
Mozart Dorabella Così fan tutte St. Petersburg Opera 2010
Menotti Mother Amahl and the Night Visitors Bushnell Center for the Arts, CT 2009
Mozart Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro Light Opera Company of Salisbury 2009
Een Love Interest The Escape Artist (world premiere) Disney Hall, Los Angeles, CA 2008
Rossini Tisbe La cenerentola Connecticut Opera 2008
Bernstein Dinah Trouble in Tahiti Anchorage Opera 2007
Verdi Meg Page Falstaff Natchez Festival of Music 2007
Mozart Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro Amato Opera 2006
Gounod Siébel Faust Amato Opera 2006
SUGGESTED REPERTOIRE
Composer Role Work
Adamo Jo, Meg Little Women
Bellini Romeo I Capuleti e i Montecchi
Berlioz Béatrice Béatrice et Bénédict
Berlioz Marguerite La damnation de Faust
Bizet Mércèdes Carmen
Britten Nancy Albert Herring
Britten Hermia A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Britten Lucretia The Rape of Lucretia
Britten Miss Jessel The Turn of the Screw
Donizetti Giovanna Seymour Anna Bolena
Gilbert and Sullivan Tessa The Gondoliers
Gilbert and Sullivan Iolanthe Iolanthe
Gilbert and Sullivan Pitti-Sing The Mikado
Gilbert and Sullivan Phoebe The Yeoman of the Guard
Gounod Stéphano Roméo et Juliette
Handel Ruggiero Alcina
Handel Ariodante Ariodante
Handel Xerxes Xerxes
Harbison Jordan Baker The Great Gatsby
Heggie Sister Helen Préjean Dead Man Walking
Monteverdi Nerone L’incoronazione di Poppea
Mozart Sesto, Annio La clemenza di Tito
Mozart Idamante Idomeneo
Mozart Zweite Dame Die Zauberflöte
Offenbach Nicklausse Les contes d’Hoffmann
Purcell Dido Dido and Aeneas
J. Strauss II Orlofsky Die Fledermaus
R. Strauss Komponist Ariadne auf Naxos
R. Strauss Octavian Der Rosenkavalier
ORATORIO/CONCERT
Composer Work Company Year
Rossini Messe Solennelle South Bend Chamber Singers 2018
Dvorak Mass in D The Collegiate Singers 2017
Haydn Stabat Mater Notre Dame Concordia Choir and Orchestra 2017
Eads Mass for the Oppressed Notre Dame Concordia Choir and Orchestra 2016
Dvorak Mass in D Glass Menagerie 2016
Bach St. John Passion Mostly Baroque Players 2016
Mendelssohn Elijah Rockbridge Choral Society 2016
Various Artist-in-Residence Recital Crested Butte Music Festival 2014
Various Voices of Distinction: Baroque Phoenicia Festival of the Voice 2014
Various Dueling Divas Concert New Haven Symphony Orchestra 2013
Pasatieri In the Light of Angels (world premiere) Mostly Baroque Players 2013
Bach Magnificat Old St. Patrick’s Church, NYC 2013
Haydn Harmoniemesse Cornell University Glee Club and Orchestra 2012
Brahms Liebeslieder Walzer Phoenicia Festival of the Voice 2012
Bach/Handel Cantata 80/Dettingen Te Deum Rochester Oratorio Society 2011
Bach St. Matthew Passion Mostly Baroque Players 2011
Various Various Glastonbury Exchange Baroque Festival 2010
Handel Judas Maccabaeus Mostly Baroque Players 2009
Kodály Missa Brevis Glass Menagerie 2009
Various Opera at the Palace Waterbury Symphony 2008
Handel Messiah Mostly Baroque Players 2007-2009
Monk Multiple Concerts, Radio Broadcasts, Recordings Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble 2005-present

Media

Stills from LoftOpera’s production of OTELLO, photographed by Robert Altman:

In The Press

OTELLO

“The mezzo Toby Newman was a fresh-voiced and sympathetic Emilia, who seemed well aware of the violent forces threatening Desdemona but powerless to stop them.” – The New York Times

“Toby Newman was motherly and tender as Emilia in her scenes with Desdemona, her voice silky and smooth.” – Opera Wire

“As Emilia, Toby Newman used her alluring soprano (sic: mezzo soprano) to communicate increasing despair.” – Musical America

COSÌ FAN TUTTE

“Toby Newman’s Dorabella had the winsome allure of one of the hapless young heroines in the movies of Eric Rohmer” – St. Petersburg Times

“Ms. Newman had the entire audience laughing continuously from falling up the stairs to hang onto her departing love’s leg to learning coquetry from Ms. Seipel. She has such a clear voice and amazing range that it gave listeners delightful shivers.” Tampa Bay Examiner

SAVITRI

[Toby Newman’s] “…moving, plaintive-voiced account of the name part” – Opera Magazine (UK)

LA CALISTO

“Toby Newman’s mellow mezzo warmed the heart as the prudish Linfea.” – Opera-L

L’ITALIANA IN ALGERI

“Toby Newman, as the servant of the wife of the Bey, was another standout.” Alaska Dispatch News

STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME

Both Toby Newman, as Manja, Jaap’s man-crazy wife, and Cherry Duke, as Lisette, the go-between who secretly reads the love letters, managed the difficult task of conveying humorous insouciance while ultimately displaying hidden depths to their characters.” – Scarsdale Inquirer

MEREDITH MONK AND FRIENDS (Carnegie Hall)

“The M6 performed Monk’s classic ‘Tablet’ from the mid 1970s. Group members Emily Eagen, Holly Nadal, and Toby Newman sang magnificently over an insistent rolling piano line, occasionally ornamented by recorders. At times, there was jungle-like simian chatter, holy chanting, moaning, wailing, and school-girlish giggling.” – Feast of Music

Links & Downloads

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