23-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.
After initial studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, he joined Glyndebourne Festival Chorus in the summer of 2016 and will continue his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Robert Dean from September 2016.
James enjoys a busy schedule as a recitalist and will appear in the 2016/17 season at Leeds Lieder Festival with Joseph Middleton and Ludlow Festival with Iain Burnside. He recently sang in the Perth International Arts Festival, Australia, including a performance of Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin, and has also sung Schumann’s Dichterliebe in the Trinity Laban Schumann and Poulenc Project led by Eugene Asti.
He made his BBC Proms debut in 2016 singing in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music conducted by Sakari Oramo. Future plans include Mercurio in Cavalli’s La Calisto with La Nuova Musica and David Bates, and a solo recital at the Wigmore Hall.
James has appeared with many concert and choral societies throughout the UK. He has sang repertoire including Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Bach’s St John Passion and B Minor Mass, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Handel’s Messiah, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle and Fauré’s Requiem.
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).
James is the recipient of a Musicians’ Company Silver Medal.