This December Marion is switching up her holiday tradition of singing Handel's Messiah to embark on a wonderfully fun adventure with Toronto Masque Theatre. Come enjoy a Newfoundland Kitchen Party with wine and grog, in the tradition of mummering. Music, Dancing and storytelling in the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse near the Distillery District of Toronto. Pictured here: Larry Beckwith, Giles Tomkins and Marion Newman in a very serious artistic photoshoot for Mummer's Masque by Dean Burry. Does it get any more Canadian than this?
THE REVIEWS FOR AGO FRIDAY NIGHTS ARE IN!
"Marion Newman’s way with the words is top-notch. Her voice rings out thrillingly in the Walker Court, especially when she moved around during Carmen’s Habanera."
– concertonet.com Michael Johnston
"Mezzo-soprano Marion Newman was the featured soloist after intermission. The venue gave her beautiful mezzo added resonance; She sang a variety of pieces by Schubert, Bizet, Purcell, Elgar, as well as two short pieces composed by Sherkin for the occasion... Overall, a most successful new venture by the AGO."
– Musical Toronto, Joseph So
November 13, 20 & 27 remain for you to come and enjoy this wonderful evening at the AGO. www.ago.net
IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA!
Pictured here with Josh Hopkins as Figaro, Marion is singing the role of Rosina with Opera Lyra Ottawa from September 26 to October 3, 2015 at the National Arts Centre. Set in a movie studio in 1940's Spain, Rosina is a starlet, currently filming the opera Carmen. Figaro is the studio stylist and Bartolo the overbearing movie producer who aims to keep Rosina locked in her trailer. The dashing Lindoro (count Almaviva) is Rosina's romantic ray of hope for escape! Come hear this wonderful young, all Canadian cast. For tickets and information, visit
THE EMILY CARR PROJECT
Explore the lush world of British Columbia through the eyes of the iconic Canadian artist, Emily Carr. This concert includes readings from Klee Wyck, music of Canadian composers Tobin Stokes, Anna Höstman and Dustin Peters as well as Marion's own composition, Kinanu. This concert works beautifully for orchestra as well as for the more intimate piano and hand drum setting. For more information and bookings contact Kathy Domoney, director of Domoney Artists at 416-882-4382.
THE GREAT REQUIEM
Marion will be singing the Mozart Requiem with the Vancouver Symphony on April 18th, 2015. If you are in the Vancouver area for this, put it in your calendar as it's going to be a wonderful concert! The marvellous Bramwell Tovey conducts and the other soloists are Melanie Krueger - soprano, Colin Ainsworth - tenor and Stephen Hegedus - baritone. The UBC Opera Ensemble will sing the choruses. For tickets, visit
NUYAML-IL KULHULMX | SINGING THE EARTH BY ANNA HÖSTMAN
The Continuum Ensemble has posted a video of the entire concert performed in December 2013. This wonderful set of 11 pieces for 7 players and mezzo-soprano is a response to the people, environment and spirit of Bella Coola, BC.
Several years ago, during an opera workshop, it came to light that Bella Coola is the valley where Marion was born and where composer Anna Höstman spent her childhood. Anna collaborated with Dylan Robinson and Patrick Nickleson as well as Marion while she created this work.
Watch the entire performance on Youtube
ROSINA IN THE BARBER OF SEVILLE!
Marion is thrilled to announce that she will be singing one of her favourite roles, Rosina in The Barber of Seville, with Opera Lyra Ottawa and the National Arts Centre Orchestra this season. Marion has previously performed this role both on the concert stage in Toronto and in a full production in Cork, Ireland. The Ottawa Citizen has this to say in their article announcing the season, from Feb. 18, 2015:
"The season opens in September with a version of Rossini’s opera buffa The Barber of Seville set on a 1940s film set in Spain then ruled by the dictator Francisco Franco.
But this performance is all about the comedy. In this version, the central female character Rosina is a young actress in a movie about Carmen. The barber Figaro is in this instance a studio stylist and Bartolo, Rosina’s domineering guardian, is this time around the head of the film studio. “It’s ridiculous but it’s hysterical,” Mallon says.
The cast is also Canadian, with mezzo-soprano Marion Newman as Rosina, Pembroke baritone Joshua Hopkins plays Figaro, tenor Isaiah Bell as Count Almaviva, baritone Peter McGillivray as Bartolo, bass-baritone Giles Tomkins as Basilio, baritone Ben Covey as Fiorello and Ottawa-based soprano Maghan McPhee as Berta. Performances are Sept. 26, 28, 30 and Oct. 3 in Southam Hall starting at 8 p.m."
|CURRENT & UPCOMING SEASONS
SEP 26, 28, 30 &
OCT 3 | 2015
The Barber of Seville
Opera Lyra Ottawa
Marion will sing the role of Rosina in this charming and fun opera by Rossini. Conductor Kevin Mallon will lead this all Canadian cast of talented singers!
National Arts Centre
NOV 6, 13, 20 & 27 | 2015
Painting Set Free
AGO Friday nights
Marion collaborates with pianist Adam Sherkin on the second half of a one hour recital. Curated by Tapestry Opera's Michael Hidetoshi Mori, this program includes music of Schubert, Bizet, Purcell, Elgar and a world premiere by Adam Sherkin, settings of poetry of the great painter himself! Enjoy music, art, tours and a cash wine bar with tapas for this extremely hip evening at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Included as part of general admission. Members always visit free.
Art Gallery of Ontario
DEC 17, 18, 19 | 2015
The Mummer's Masque by Dean Burry
Toronto Masque Theatre
Looking for an alternative to Handel's Messiah this year? Come and enjoy a glass of wine or Christmas grog while experiencing this boisterous entertainment in the 400-year-old tradition of Newfoundland holiday mummering. Music, dance and storytelling, hosted by Father Christmas. The fabulous cast includes singers Carla Huhtanen, Christopher Mayell and Giles Tomkins, violinist Larry Beckwith, Accordionist Joseph Macerollo and ugly-stick virtuoso Ed Reifel!
Enoch Turner Schoolhouse
106 Trinity Street
(near the Distillery District)