“Ms. Newman charmed the audience with her bright, clear, soaring soprano and her willing smile. Her performance this evening, backed up by the orchestra and chorus, was the stuff goose bumps are made of.” — Johnathon Lutz, Evansville Courier Press
The Portland Press Herald has likened American soprano Jenn Newman to the legendary Kate Smith when describing her voice as “warm, powerful, and with an ability to hit spectacular high notes.” Praised for her delivery of “powerful and emotional performances,” Newman was deemed the “audience favorite” by The Arizona Republic which also noted the soprano to sing with “spin and beauty.” With a diverse repertoire of roles to her credit ranging from “Pamina” in Die Zauberflöte to “Sister Amnesia” in Nunsense, Newman is equally at home performing the classics as she is delivering contemporary favorites – typically during the same concert.
Newman debuted her first solo CD in 2008 entitled, Someone to Watch. Produced by Ralph Patlan and mastered at Capitol Studios in Hollywood with Evren Göknar, Newman collaborated with Larry Loeber (piano) and Steve Fitch (percussion) for this timeless collection of songs showcasing Newman’s noteworthy versatility.
A sought after headliner for dozens of symphony pops concerts, Newman’s engagements include solo performances with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Portland Symphony Orchestra, Evansville Philharmonic, Winston-Salem Symphony, Greensboro Symphony, Arizona MusicFest, and numerous concerts with The Phoenix Symphony. Newman has worked under the baton of such conductors as longtime collaborator, Robert Moody, Alastair Willis, Alfred Savia, Lawrence Golan, Matthew Troy, Kayoko Dan, and the late Hermann Michael. Newman debuted her first solo cabaret, “An Evening with Jenn Newman,” in August 2010 at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in New York City.
Newman’s regional stage credits include: “Emily” in Help, Help! The Globolinks!, “Gretel” in Hansel and Gretel, “Genovieffa” in Suor Angelica, Godspell, and the title role in The Mystery of Edwin Drood to name a few. In addition to her Pops resume, Newman has also been the featured soprano soloist in such classical works as Bach’s Cantata #51: Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, Mozart’s Exsultate, Jubilate, Requiem (Fauré, Rutter & Mozart), Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Haydn’s Creation.
Influenced greatly by gospel, blues and country roots while growing up in Memphis, Tennessee, Newman returned to her native Arizona where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Opera & Musical Theatre Performance at Arizona State University. She furthered her classical training in New York City under the auspices of internationally renowned soprano, Maria Spacagna, and musical theater coach, arranger, music director, and longtime friend, Andrew Byrne.
Newman is a soloist at Saint Barnabas on the Desert Episcopal Church in Paradise Valley. She makes her home in North Scottsdale with her husband, bass-baritone Jim Newman, and their teenage daughter, Lyla Grace.