|Barihunk James Newby (©Ben McKee Photography)|
Francesco Cavalli’s La Calisto, first performed in Venice in 1651, blends comedy and tragedy with music of sensuous beauty and irresistible charm. The opera’s libretto is based on the ancient Greek myth of the nymph Callisto as related by Ovid in his Metamorphoses.
At the age of 22, Newby was awarded Third Prize overall at the Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition in 2015 and won the Richard Tauber Prize for the the best interpretation of Schubert Lieder. Previous winners of the prize include Jonathan Lemalu and Simon Keenlyside.
James Newby sings Finzi's "Come away, come away death":
In September, Newby performed on the last night of the BBC Proms in a concert that featured international operatic superstar Juan Diego Flórez.
In the summer of 2016, Newby joined the Glyndebourne Festival Chorus and is currently continuing his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
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