The official website for soprano Sarah M. Newman.
The first month of 2014 come and gone! I feel like the year got kicked off in the right way with many concerts including a wonderful Estampie gig in Frankfurt with a wonderful sound and atmosphere, as well as an incredibly fun trip to London. This is now the second time I have been surprised with a lot of sunshine in the city known for its rain and I couldn’t be more pleased! Coriolanus was simply wonderful and I was glad I had spent so much time with the play prior to seeing it. Stand out performances were Mark Gatiss as Menenius who broke my heart in his last scene and delivered each line with such ease, you unfortunately noticed the tendency for shouting by some of the other actors. Also Elliot Levey and Helen Schlesinger were delightfully devious as tribunes Brutus and Sicinia (originally a male role Sicinius). The choice to switch the gender of Sicinius was a brilliant one and really gave the relationship between the two as well as their roles in the downfall of Coriolanus an intriguing new dimension.
Today, we begin our run of Verdi’s Requiem at the Munich Philharmonic. There are moments of such perfection in it. At the very beginning, the strings practically whisper to the point where the ear seems to be straining itself away from the body in order to capture the sound. Then the musical line develops with the rest of the instruments joining them and I could only compare it to a great singing beast like a blue whale awaking from a long slumber and slowly beginning to move sweetly and softly through the ocean depths. The singing itself is exhausting, but rewarding. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I love my job!
Happy New Year everyone! After quite a stressful autumn, I’m feeling recharged and ready to start 2014 off right! 2013 was quite an eventful year having done some wonderful concerts with Estampie, VocaMe, and Qntal. I also was a semi finalist in the International Early Music Vocal Competition “Canticum Gaudium” in Poznan, Poland and had an amazing time singing Igor Stravinsky’s musically thrilling ballet “Les Noces” under Valery Gergiev with the Munich Philharmonic. There are quite a few exciting things coming up including several Estampie and VocaMe concerts, and a repeat performance of my “If Love’s A Sweet Passion” recital program on March 16th in Augsburg. Also tonight and tomorrow night, you can hear me on the soundtrack of the TV Film “Die Pilgerin” which I’ve seen advertised all around Munich for the past couple of weeks! This coming weekend, I will return to London for another cultural getaway. This time to see the Donmar Warehouse’s production of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus starring one of my favorite actors Tom Hiddleston. From the production photos and reviews, it looks like it’s going to be amazing! Another little bit of news is that you can now subscribe to a newsletter and receive updates of my various goings on. I’ll try to send one out every month, so be sure to sign up HERE!
I hope you all have a wonderful start to 2014 and hope to see you at some concerts this year!
The site is launched and I’m very pleased with how it turned out! Now you can see an Artist Profile above on the main page directed by the very talented Randy M. Salo. I just finished a round of concerts with Estampie, VocaMe, and Qntal which went quite well and this weekend will perform with the Munich Philharmonic Choir. Life keeps moving at a breakneck pace and I wouldn’t have it any other way!
I am very close to launching this site finally! Just putting up some videos from the demo DVD I made and doing some straightening up. It’s been a little crazy lately since I’m traveling a lot this month. I was back home in the States for 2 weeks visiting my family and also taking in some performances (an intimate cafe concert by the incredibly talented singer-songwriter Jes Hudak and the stunningly executed “Passions” double bill at Glimmerglass Opera). And just got back from London where I saw the Vermeer & Music exhibit at the National Gallery. On Saturday I’m off to Portugal to play with Qntal and then taking a couple extra days to explore Lisbon. So yes. Much traveling and much to do for the coming months.
Welcome to the brand new website of Sarah M. Newman! This site is still under construction, but already you can find out more about the American soprano under Biography, check out her upcoming concerts under Calender, and hear and see some examples of her work under Media. Please keep checking this site for more updates.