"David Newman comes from a musical family and always wanted to be a singer. He began singing professionally at the age of twelve and had lessons with Jennifer Lilleystone over a period of nine years.
As a treble, David Newman appeared for several years as First and Second Boy in The Magic Flute for English National Opera both at the London Coliseum and on tour. He appeared in the contemporary opera Snatched by the Gods by Param Vir for the Nederlandse Opera in Holland and Germany, and sang the role of Davey in Harrison Birtwhistle's Yan Tan Tethera at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall. Aged thirteen, David sang Miles in Britten's Turn of the Screw in a production by the Royal Opera Schools at the Royal College of Music, London. At fourteen, he sang with with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at London's Royal Festival Hall for a live BBC radio broadcast of Light Sorrow by Gia Kanchelli. In the summer of 1995, David gave his last performances in Magic Flute in a UK tour by The Opera Company. In December that year, he was Cobweb in Britten’s A Midsummer Nights Dream with the London Symphony Orchestra under Sir Colin Davis. That performance was recorded commercially by Philips.
In the summer of 1997, David Newman sang his first adult role, at the Almeida Theatre, London, in a new work called Dokumentation 1 by Helmut Oehring. Oehring next wrote an opera, Requiem, with David's voice in mind and in 1998 David gave the work its world premiere at the Opera Bastille in Paris. Requiem toured Europe and was recorded live in Germany for the Col Legno label. In the same year, David toured Holland in Oehring's Polaroids.
In 1999, David Newman became a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music and in September 2000 began full-time study at the Royal Academy of Music with Elizabeth Ritchie and Antony Saunders. At the RAM, he sang in choral works and opera scenes and gave solo recitals. David is a keen pianist and maintains a very high standard of keyboard performance. In July 2003, David Newman was a prizewinner in the Isabel Jay Soprano Competition. In March 2004, in his home town of Chichester, he won second prize against fifteen competitors from leading UK conservatories in the John Warner Memorial Prize competition. David took his B.Mus.(Hons.) degree at the RAM in 2004. David Newman spent a year in Switzerland, studying with Evelyn Tubb and Andreas Scholl at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.He is now based in England. " Visit website for more information. (ed.)
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