The Great American Songbook - Volume 2

The 2015 SMC post-season artists will present a revue of tunes by the great American composers Gershwin, Porter, Berlin, Rodgers and others. Catch one of these performances:

Friday, Sept. 11 - The Wood Theater in Glens Falls, 7:30 pm
Saturday, Sept. 12 - The Oscar Seagle Memorial Theater, 8:00 pm
Sunday, Sept. 13 - Keene Valley Community Church in Keene Valley, 4 pm
Saturday, Sept. 19 - Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek, 7:30 pm

Call 518-532-7875 or visit for more information.

Past Performances

• Strauss's Die Fledermaus (Rosalinde) New York: 2014
• The Italian Girl in Algiers (Elvira) New York: 2014
• Weill's "Seven Deadly Sins" (selections) New York: 2014
• Haydn's Orlando Paladino (Alcina), New York 2014
• Mozart's The Magic Flute, sung in German (Pamina), New York: 2014
• Joy In Singing Masterclass, New York: 2014
• Masterclass with Martin Katz, New York: 2013
• Virgil Thomson's "The Mother of Us All" (Lillian Russell), New York: 2013

• Masterclass with Lauren Flanigan, New York : 2013
• Le Nozze di Figaro (Contessa), Conservatorio di S. Pietro a Majella, Naples, Italy : 2013
• Summer Interlude Concert, Museo Correale, Sorrento, Italy : 2013
• L'incoronazione di Poppea (Poppea), New York : 2013
• NYC's Rising Stars Concert, Queensborough Performing Arts Center, New York : 2013
• Die Zauberflöte (Pamina), Sommertheater Weimar, Tiefurt, Germany : 2012
• Die Zauberflöte (Pamina), Liebhabertheater schloß Kochberg, Großkochberg, Germany : 2012
• Concert with the Thüringer Symphoniker, Theater Rudolstadt, Großes Haus, Rudolstadt, Germany : 2012

The only thing   better
than singing
is more   singing.
Ella Fitzgerald


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Photo by Corey Hayes : Margaret Newcomb

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Zora in Gilbert and Sullivan's 'Ruddigore' : Margaret Newcomb

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Zora in Gilbert and Sullivan's 'Ruddigore'

Donna Elvira in 'Don Giovanni' : Margaret Newcomb

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Donna Elvira in 'Don Giovanni'

Belle in 'Beauty and the Beast' : Soprano Margaret Newcomb

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Belle in 'Beauty and the Beast'

Lillian Russell in Virgil Thomson's 'The Mother of Us All' : Margaret Newcomb

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Lillian Russell in Virgil Thomson's "The Mother of Us All"

Nina in the U.S. premiere of Paisiello's 'Nina, o sia la pazza per amore' : Soprano Margaret Newcomb

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Nina in the U.S. premiere of Paisiello's 'Nina, o sia la pazza per amore'

Elvira in L'Italiana in Algeri : Margaret Newcomb

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Elvira in L'Italiana in Algeri

Elvira in L'Italiana in Algeri

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Elvira in L'Italiana

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Outreach Concert at the Museo Correale : Soprano Margaret Newcomb

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Outreach Concert at the Museo Correale

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A true artist
is not one who is inspired,
but one who inspires others.
Salvador Dali


{STUDIO RECORDING}   Soprano Margaret Newcomb sings Blanche's aria "I Want Magic" from Andre Previn's "A Streetcar Named Desire".

{STUDIO RECORDING}   Soprano Margaret Newcomb sings the 'mirror aria', "Dis Moi que je suis belle", from "Thais" by Jules Massenet.

{LIVE AUDIO}   Soprano Margaret Newcomb sings "Porgi amor" from "Le Nozze di Figaro" Live at the Conservatorio di S. Pietro a Majella in Naples, Italy.

{LIVE AUDIO}   Soprano Margaret Newcomb sings George Gershwin's Summertime from Porgy and Bess - live at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center, New York.

If I cannot fly,
let me sing.
Stephen Sondheim

About Margaret

"Rosalinde (the flirty wife) is by far the character with the most stage time and the most challenging and extensive singing. Soprano Margaret Newcomb was outstanding and the strongest singer on stage, both in her solo arias and in the numerous duets, trios and other ensemble pieces. Her acting was on point too, with a snobbish and elegant flair representing Rosalinde as a two-faced yet charming woman one cannot entirely dislike. [Allegri con Fuoco]
"Closing the program was soprano Margaret Newcomb who pleases us every time she performs. She sang selections from Kurt Weill's The Seven Deadly Sins. She succeeded in bringing out the drama of the two Anna's by employing different voices. She did particularly well acting out the seductiveness of "Pride." [Voce di Meche]
"Margaret Newcomb was a marvelous Pamina. Newcomb used her full, warm voice well, whether singing lyrically and delicately or urgently and dramatically according to the needs of the opera's various plot turns." [Jack Quinn,]
"The sorceress Alcina has been transformed into an elegant and powerful player who solves all the problems. This is a perfect role for the stunning soprano Margaret Newcomb" [Voce di meche]
"Newcomb enchanted the audience with her sincere portrayal of the young heroine, skillfully navigating the music with her complex, sultry soprano. She mixed the playful youthfulness and seriousness of the role well, her performance of the famous "Ach, ich fühl's" especially beautiful." [OperaRox]
"Pamina, sung by the always excellent and beautiful Margaret Newcomb" [Voce di meche]

American soprano Margaret Newcomb has been praised for her warm vocal timbre, strong acting ability and statuesque stage presence. She was hailed "APPEALING" and "A FINE SOPRANO" by the NY Times and "EXCELLENT" by Opera News.

Margaret most recently appeared in a new opera workshop featuring the work of Richard Wargo. She sang scenes from his opera Sharon’s Grave  as the role of Trassie. She spent the summer at Seagle Music Colony for their 100th anniversary season, performing the roles of Alice Ford in Falstaff,  Snow White in Into the Woods,  and Fantine in Les Misérables.   She was also a young artist last summer at Seagle, where she sang role of Elvira in Rossini's L'Italiana in Algeri.

Newcomb currently resides in New York City, where she was most recently seen as Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus  with NY Opera Exchange, for which she was praised for being "OUTSTANDING, and the strongest singer on stage." She made her New York Opera Exchange debut in 2014 singing her third Pamina in Die Zauberflöte.  During the summer of 2013 she sang the role of Poppea in L'incoronazione di Poppea   at the Manhattan Summer Voice Festival. Before that she appeared in the first "NYC's Rising Stars" Concert at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center, and sang the title role of Handel’s Alcina   and her first Pamina in Die Zauberflöte  with New York Lyric Opera.

She has also performed many times abroad. During the summer of 2013, she sang the role of Contessa di Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro   at the Conservatorio S. Pietro a Majella in Naples, Italy. In the summers of 2011 and 2012 she was a young artist in Germany with Lyric Opera Studio Weimar under conductor Olaf Storbeck. She sang Pamina in Die Zauberflöte   at both the Liebhabertheater schloß Kochberg and Sommertheater Weimar in Tiefurt, Germany. She also performed the role of Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni   in Weimar. She appeared as a soloist in concert with the Thuringer Symphoniker at the Theater Rudolstadt, Großes Haus. In 2012 she was also a young artist in Newfoundland, Canada with Opera on the Avalon where she sang Conversa and Suor Osmina in Suor Angelica   and covered Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi.

Margaret is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music masters program, where she was last seen as Alcina in the main stage production of Haydn's Orlando Paladino,   conducted by Christian Capocaccia and directed by Robin Guarino. Before that, she appeared as Lillian Russell in Virgil Thomson's The Mother of Us All,   conducted by Steven Osgood and directed by Dona D. Vaughn. During her undergraduate career at MSM, she sang the title role in the US premiere of Paisiello's Nina o sia la pazza per amore.   She also had the privilege of studying roles with some of the best coaches, such as Anna in Kurt Weill's Die sieben Todsunden   with Kenneth Merrill, Marguerite in Gounod's Faust with Thomas Muraco, and Adina in L'elisir d'amore   with Martina Arroyo.

In addition to opera, Margaret is no stranger to musicals and straight theater. She has performed many roles in plays and musicals alike including Cosette in Les Misérables,   Nancy in Oliver,   Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible,   Annelle in Steel Magnolias,   and Belle in Beauty and the Beast, for which she won the coveted "Freddy" Award at the Pennsylvania State Theater for "Best Actress in a Musical."

Margaret Newcomb's CV    download CV   download Bio

Roles Performed:
Alice Ford                           Falstaff                                             Seagle Music Colony                                         2015
Fantine                               Les Misérables                                Seagle Music Colony                                         2015
Rosalinde                           Die Fledermaus                               New York Opera Exchange                               2014
Elvira                                   L'Italiana in Algeri                           Seagle Music Colony                                        2014
Alcina                                 Orlando Paladino                           Manhattan School of Music, New York          2014
Pamina                               Die Zauberflöte                              New York Opera Exchange                                2014
Lillian Russell                   The Mother of Us All                      Manhattan School of Music, New York           2013
Countess Almaviva          Le Nozze di Figaro                          Conservatorio S. Pietro a Majella, Napoli        2013
Poppea                              L'incoronazione di Poppea           Manhattan Summer Voice Festival                   2013
Marguerite (cover)           Faust                                                Manhattan School of Music                              2013
Pamina                              Die Zauberflöte                               Liebhabertheater schloß Kochberg                 2012
Suor Osmina                     Suor Angelica                                Opera on the Avalon                                          2012
Lauretta (cover)                Gianni Schicchi                             Opera on the Avalon                                          2012
Alcina                                Alcina                                               New York Lyric Opera                                        2012
Pamina                              Die Zauberflöte                               New York Lyric Opera                                        2011
Donna Elvira                     Don Giovanni                                  Lyric Opera Studio Weimar                               2011
Nina                                   Nina, o sia la Pazza per Amore     Manhattan School of Music                              2011
Norina                               Don Pasquale (Scenes)                 Manhattan School of Music                             2010
JFK (David T. Little) Workshop  American Lyric Theater                                 New York, NY                             2014
NYC's Rising Stars                     Queensborough P.A.C.                                 New York, NY                             2013
Thüringer Symphoniker             Theater Rudolstadt, Großes Haus              Rudolstadt, Germany               2012
Honors / Awards:
Mildred Miller International Voice Competition, semi-finalist     2014
Hugh Ross Award - Manhattan School of Music     2014
Alan M. and Joan Taub Ades Vocal Competition, 3rd Place     2014
Class of 1969 Recital Competition Winner             2008
Muhlenberg College Baker Scholar for Music        2006-2008
Freddy Award Winner - Best Actress in a Musical (Belle in Beauty and the Beast)
Master of Music in Vocal Performance                            Manhattan School of Music, New York                    2014
Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance                         Manhattan School of Music, New York                   2011
Young artist                       Seagle Music Colony                                                              2014, 2015 (full scholarship)
Young artist                       Opera on the Avalon                                                               2012
Apprentice Artist                Lyric Opera Studio Weimar                                                   2011, 2012
Program Particpant           Martina Arroyo Foundation Role Preparation Course       2011

TEACHERS:                         Nikki Li Hartliep, Ashley Putnam, Jeremy Slavin
COACHES:                          Vlad Iftinca, Jose Melendez, Kenneth Merrill, Thomas Muraco, Paul Plummer
CONDUCTORS:                  Christian Capocaccia, Steven Osgood, Greg Ritchey, Olaf Storbeck
DIRECTORS:                       John De Los Santos Robin Guarino, Catherine Malfitano, Isabel Milenski, Dona D. Vaughn
DICTION COACHES:           Marianne Barrett, Kathryn LaBouff, Glenn Morton, Cristina Stanescu
MASTER CLASSES:            Lauren Flanigan, Martin Katz, Ann Murray, Sanford Sylvan

ACTING:                               Patrick Diamond, Carolyn Marlow, Ann Ratray, Beth Schacter, Leslie Pasternack
DANCE:                                (Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Ballroom): Patricia Bostick, Shelley Oliver, Francis Patrelle
LANGUAGES:                      Conversational German, Italian, Basic French, Spanish

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