James Newby – Baritone

James Newby studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. In 2016 he won the Ferrier Award and was recipient of the Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera Voice Fellowship. In 2015 he was awarded the Richard Tauber Prize and 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.

James has a busy schedule as recitalist, recent and future highlights include appearances at the Leeds Lieder Festival with Joseph Middleton, a solo recital at the Wigmore Hall, Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin at the Perth International Arts Festival, Schumann’s Dichterliebe with Eugene Asti. He has also appeared with many concert and choral societies throughout the UK, repertoire includes Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Handel’s Messiah, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle and Fauré’s Requiem. Earlier this season, James sang the role of Mercurio in La Calisto with David Bates/La Nuova Musica and made his BBC Proms debut in 2016 singing in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music conducted by Sakari Oramo.

James has been awarded the OAE Rising Stars prize for the 2017-2018 season and will perform regularly with the OAE in programmes at the South Bank, King’s Place and on tour.

James is a member of the 2017 Glyndebourne Festival Chorus taking part in La traviata, Hamlet, Don Pasquale and La clemenza di Tito. He will sing the role of Messenger and cover Marchese D’Obigny in La traviata, and sing the role of the Notary in Don Pasquale.