Press

OTELLO

"The mezzo Toby Newman was a fresh-voiced and sympathetic Emilia, who seemed well aware of the violent forces threatening Desdemona but powerless to stop them." – The New York Times

 

"Toby Newman was motherly and tender as Emilia in her scenes with Desdemona, her voice silky and smooth.” – Opera Wire

 

“As Emilia, Toby Newman used her alluring soprano (sic: mezzo soprano) to communicate increasing despair.” – Musical America

 

SAVITRI

[Toby Newman’s] “…moving, plaintive-voiced account of the name part” – Opera Magazine (UK)

 

COSÌ FAN TUTTE

“Toby Newman’s Dorabella had the winsome allure of one of the hapless young heroines in the movies of Eric Rohmer” – St. Petersburg Times

 

“Ms. Newman had the entire audience laughing continuously from falling up the stairs to hang onto her departing love’s leg to learning coquetry from Ms. Seipel. She has such a clear voice and amazing range that it gave listeners delightful shivers.” Tampa Bay Examiner

 

LA CALISTO

“Toby Newman’s mellow mezzo warmed the heart as the prudish Linfea.” – Opera-L

 

L’ITALIANA IN ALGERI

“Toby Newman, as the servant of the wife of the Bey, was another standout.” Alaska Dispatch News

 

STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME

Both Toby Newman, as Manja, Jaap’s man-crazy wife, and Cherry Duke, as Lisette, the go-between who secretly reads the love letters, managed the difficult task of conveying humorous insouciance while ultimately displaying hidden depths to their characters.” – Scarsdale Inquirer

 

MEREDITH MONK AND FRIENDS (Carnegie Hall)

“The M6 performed Monk’s classic ‘Tablet’ from the mid 1970s. Group members Emily Eagen, Holly Nadal, and Toby Newman sang magnificently over an insistent rolling piano line, occasionally ornamented by recorders. At times, there was jungle-like simian chatter, holy chanting, moaning, wailing, and school-girlish giggling.” – Feast of Music

photo by Robert Altman

 

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