Praised for her “full voice and striking presence” soprano Emily Newton has been a member of the Metropolitan Opera since 2010. Described as “able to coordinate beautiful, flexible and authoritative singing while projecting vulnerability and youthful emotion,” she has performed a wide range of operatic and concert repertoire. In the upcoming season she will be heard as Lady Macbeth in Verdi’s Macbeth at Opera in the Heights as well as in recital at Ithaca College. In 2013 she will return to the Met to cover Ortlinde in Die Walküre. Last season Ms. Newton was heard as Mimi in La Bohème with Amarillo Opera, as well as both Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte and the title role of Anna Bolena with Opera in the Heights. She covered both Ortlinde and Emma in Khovanschina at the Met during the 2011-2012 season.
Recent appearances include Micaëla in Carmen at Opera Saratoga, Mimì in a concert performance of La bohème with Sherman Symphony and Elisabetta in Don Carlo with Opera in the Heights. Critics celebrated her company and role debut as Elisabetta, calling her a “real beauty, and absolute revelation as Elizabeth, a true Verdian soprano with effortless power, control and radiant tone.” Additional performances include Fiordiligi at the New Jersey Opera Theater, the American Premiere of Walter Braunfuls’ Die Vögel, which was conducted by Julius Rudel at the Spoleto Festival USA, Magda Sorel (cover) in The Consul at Glimmerglass Opera, Frasquita in Carmen at Natchez Music Festival, and Aneska in Two Widows with Bronx Opera. In addition, Ms. Newton gave her second private recital for the Spoleto Festival USA while in Charleston, South Carolina. Also at home on the concert stage, she has performed excerpts of the roles of Violetta and Marschallin, as well as soprano solos in Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Verdi’s Messa da Requiem, Debussy’s La Damoiselle Èlue, Beethoven’s Mass in C and 9th Symphony, Brahm’s Requiem, Elijah, The Creation, Mahler’s Zweite Symphonie and Schubert’s Mirjam’s Siegesgesang.
Other complete roles have included Antonina, Donna Anna, Female Chorus, Giulietta, High Priestess, Rosina, and Beatrice di Tenda. Ms. Newton has also been heard in concert excerpts as Gilda, Marguerite and Rosalinde. As a charter member of the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute at the North Carolina School of the Arts, Ms. Newton received her Professional Artist Certificate and Masters Degree as a Fletcher Fellow. She completed her Bachelor of Music degree at University of North Texas, where she also studied Jazz Arranging, Saxophone, Flute and Clarinet and was a member of the Division IA Women’s Swim Team.
In competition she has won awards from the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition, the Connecticut Opera Guild Competition, the Marcella Sembrich Competition, as well as the Oratorio Society of New York Solo Competition. She has twice advanced to the Regional Finals of the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions and recently was a semi-finalist in the International Moniuszko Competition in Warsaw, Poland. In addition, she has been honored by the Dallas Opera Career Development Grant Competition, the Opera Guild of Charlotte Competition, and the NATS Competition. Emily Newton was a winner of the New York District Met Competition in 2006.