Biography

The American soprano, Sarah M. Newman, studied voice at the Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.  In 2008, she moved to Munich, Germany to pursue her passion for early music. Since then, she has become a member of the renowned ensemble Estampie, the avant-garde electro medieval band QNTAL, and cofounded the internationally successful group VocaMe, a vocal ensemble which premiered the works of the 9th Century Byzantine nun Kassia, released a critically acclaimed album of the music of Hildegard von Bingen with Edel/Berlin Klassik.  VocaMe recently released their new CD “Christine de Pizan – Chansons et Ballades” dedicated to the works of the 14th Century poet which was nominated for a 2016 International Classical Music Award.  Additionally, she frequently performs her very own “one woman shows” with pianist Stephanie Knauer presenting original modern love stories told through the music spanning from the Renaissance through the Romantic period.  Recently, the duo has found success with their program “Casanova’s Women” which takes the audience through the life of the legendary womanizer from the perspective of some of the fascinating women he seduced.

As a soloist, she has appeared with the Munich Bach Choir in the Theatinerkirche in Munich as well as a part of the third ever performance of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in Sofia, Bulgaria.  In the summer of 2015, she was a choral soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana at the famous Klassik am Odeonsplatz with the Munich Philharmonic. In 2013, she was a semi-finalist winner at the 2nd International Early Music Vocal Competition in Poznan, Poland.  With the Munich Philharmonic Choir, she has sung under the baton of renowned conductors such as Ton Koopman, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur and Paul Goodwin and is frequently a part of their solo ensemble.

With the opera at Manhattan School of Music, she sang in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Don Giovanni, as well as Poulenc’s  Les Dialogues des Carmélites.  She also appeared with the Lake George Opera in Floyd’s Susannah, Rossini’s La Cenerentola, and Bernstein’s Candide.  At the Tanglewood Festival, she sang under the baton of Robert Spano in Ravel’s  L’enfant et les sortilèges.  She has performed the roles of Susanna and Barbarina in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, as Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Lakmé in Delibes Lakmé, and Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, and was a part of the American premiere of Friedrich Cerha’s Four Höldern Fragments and the Avantgarde Oratorio Justine’s Red.

Sarah M. Newman has performed at various renowned festivals such as the Festival van Flaanderen, the Landshuter Hofmusiktage, Festival Tres Culturas in Murcia, Spain, the Cork Early Music Festival in Ireland, and Early Music Vancouver, just to name a few.

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