“Newby's 'Papageno's Aria' was intensely idiomatic, the sad clown incarnate, and he invested in 'Erlkönig' with dark dramatic force, while his account of Butterworth's 'Is My Team Ploughing' was exquisitely nuanced.”
24-year-old British baritone James Newby is the winner of the 2016 Kathleen Ferrier Award.
That same year he was the recipient of the Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera Voice Fellowship, and in 2015 was awarded the Richard Tauber Prize (for best interpretation of a Schubert Lied) and overall Third Prize at the Wigmore Hall/Kohn International Song Competition. In 2017 he was awarded the Trinity Gold Medal by the board of Trinity Laban Conservatoire.
Recent and future highlights include:
- Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music – Sakari Oramo – BBC Proms 2016 (Last Night of the Proms)
- Handel Messiah – Orchestra of the 18th Century – Daniel Reuss
- 2017 Glyndebourne Jerwood Artist – Donizetti, The Notary Don Pasquale; Verdi, Messenger La Traviata and Brett Dean, Marcellus Hamlet
- Solo recitals at Newbury Festival; Oxford Lieder Festival with Eugene Asti; Leeds Lieder Festival for BBCR3 and at the Wigmore Hall with Joseph Middleton
- OAE Rising Stars to include ‘Bach, The Universe and Everything’ project, and ‘Christus’ in the world premiere of Sally Beamish The Judas Passion
- Purcell The Fairy Queen – Gabrieli Consort
- Bach St John Passion (staged) – Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa, directed Calixto Bieito, conducted Erik Nielsen
After initial studies at Trinity Laban, he joined Glyndebourne Festival Chorus in the summer of 2016 and continues his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Robert Dean.
James enjoys a busy schedule as a recitalist; recent and future highlights include appearances at Leeds Lieder Festival with Joseph Middleton, and a solo recital at the Wigmore Hall. He also recently sang in the Perth International Arts Festival, Australia, including a performance of Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin, and performed Schumann’s Dichterliebe in the Trinity Laban Schumann and Poulenc Project led by Eugene Asti.
Earlier in the 2016/17 season James sang the role of Mercurio in La Calisto with La Nuova Musica and David Bates, and made his BBC Proms debut in 2016 singing in Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music conducted by Sakari Oramo. James is a 2017 Jerwood Young Artist at Glyndebourne Festival Opera and will appear in La Traviata, Hamlet, La Clemenza di Tito and the role of the notary in Don Pasquale during the 2017 Festival.
James has appeared with many concert and choral societies throughout the UK in repertoire including Mendelssohn Elijah, Mozart Requiem, Haydn Nelson Mass, Bach St John Passion and B Minor Mass, Orff Carmina Burana, Handel Messiah, Rossini Petite Messe Solenelle and Fauré Requiem. James has also been awarded the OAE Rising Stars prize for the 2017-2018 season, and will perform regularly with the Orchestra as soloist in programmes at the Southbank Centre, Kings Place and on tour.
His operatic roles include the title roles in Eugene Onegin (Brent Opera) and Don Giovanni (Moon Little Opera), Aeneas Dido and Aeneas (Trinity Laban Chamber Choir), Gobrias Belshazzar and Apollo Orpheus in the Underworld (Trinity Laban Opera), Papageno Die Zauberflöte (Suffolk Opera) and Guglielmo Così Fan Tutte (Everybody’s Theatre Company).