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. In 2017 he was awarded the Trinity Gold Medal by the board of Trinity Laban Conservatoire where he studied under Alison Wells. He joined Glyndebourne Festival Chorus in the summer of 2016 while continuing his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Robert Dean.
In the 2016/17 season James sang the role of Mercurio in La Calisto with La Nuova Musica and David Bates, and made his BBC Proms debut in 2016 singing in Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music conducted by Sakari Oramo. James was a 2017 Jerwood Young Artist at Glyndebourne Festival Opera and appeared in La Traviata, Hamlet, La Clemenza di Tito and the role of the notary in Don Pasquale during the 2017 Festival, for which he won the prestigious John Christie Award.
James was awarded the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s Rising Stars prize for the 2017-2018 season, and will perform regularly with the orchestra as soloist in programmes including the role of Christus in the world premiere of Sally Beamish’s The Judas Passion and various Bach Cantatas as part of the OAE’s ‘Bach, the Universe and Everything’ series at Kings Place, London. He enjoys a busy schedule as a recitalist and recent and future highlights include appearances at Leeds Lieder Festival with Joseph Middleton, Oxford Lieder Festival with Eugene Asti and a solo recital at the Wigmore Hall. He also sang at the Perth International Arts Festival, Australia, including performances of Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin and Schumann’s Dichterliebe.
His operatic roles have included the title roles in Eugene Onegin Don Giovanni, Aeneas in Dido and Aenaes, Apollo in Orpheus in the Underworld, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte and Guglielmo in Così Fan Tutte. Future highlights include Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro for Nevill Holt Opera, a staged Bach St John Passion with the Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa, Mozart’s C Minor Mass with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and performances with the Gabrieli Consort, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, and for the London Handel and Newbury Festivals.