"Rosalinde (the flirty wife) is by far the character with the most stage time and the most challenging and extensive singing. 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 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, Theaterscene.net]
"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 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."
"Pamina, sung by the always excellent and beautiful Margaret Newcomb"
[Voce di meche]
American Mezzo-Soprano Margaret Newcomb is at ease on both the opera and musical theater stages. She has sung a wide range of roles and has recently found her home in the mezzo repertoire.
Earlier this season, Margaret was named a winner at the 2017-18 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Pittsburgh District and a finalist at the Great Lakes Region. This summer, she joined the apprentice artists at Lyric Opera Studio Weimar, covering the role of Prince Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus and singing Eliza Doolittle in scenes of My Fair Lady in concerts with the Thüringer Symphoniker Saalfeld-Rudolstadt.
Last summer Margaret joined the apprentice artists at Charlottesville opera, covering Jennifer Zetlan in the role of Laurey in Oklahoma. During the season, she performed scenes from Gerald Cohen’s Steal a Pencil for Me, reprising the role of Ina Soep. She also appeared as a soloist in Bach’s B Minor Mass at the Dallas City Performance Hall and with the ‘Concerts in the Heights’ series in NYC.
Newcomb performed Lia in Debussy’s L’Enfant Prodigue with Bare Opera NYC, Violetta in La Traviata with the Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, the title role of Suor Angelica with the Opera Project DSM, and appeared as a featured soloist at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Sonic Blossom, a performance art piece by Lee Mingwei. She also made her Fort Worth Opera debut singing Ina in scenes from Steal a Pencil for Me, and Diana 3 in Mikael Karlsson and Royce Vavrek’s Diana Vreeland.
For two summers, Margaret was a young artist at Seagle Music Colony, where she performed Alice Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff, Fantine in Les Misérables, and Elvira in Rossini's L'Italiana in Algeri. During their post season Margaret sang the role of Trassie in a workshop of Richard Wargo’s Sharon’s Grave and toured with their educational outreach opera as the soprano role in Andrew Duncan’s The Ugly Duckling.
Other credits include Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus with NY Opera Exchange, Poppea in L'incoronazione di Poppea at the Manhattan Summer Voice Festival, the title role of Alcina with New York Lyric Opera, and Countess Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Amalfi Coast Music Festival. She also performed the role of Pamina in Die Zauberflöte at the Liebhabertheater schloß Kochberg and Sommertheater Tiefurt. In 2012 she was 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 earned both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Manhattan School of Music, where she performed such roles as Lillian Russell in Virgil Thomson's The Mother of Us All conducted by Steven Osgood, Nina in the US premiere of Paisiello's Nina o sia la pazza per amore and Anna in Kurt Weill's Die Sieben Todsünden.
Opera and Musical Theater Roles Performed:
» Carmen Carmen (French)
» La Traviata Flora (Italian)
» Rigoletto Maddalena (Italian)
» Falstaff Meg Page (Italian)
» Don Giovanni Donna Elvira (Italian)
» Così fan tutte Dorabella (Italian)
» Idomeneo Sesto (Italian)
» Die Zauberflöte Zweite u. Dritte Dame (German)
» Werther Charlotte (French)
» Alcina Orlando Paladino (Italian)
» Suor Angelica La Badessa (Italian)
» Die Fledermaus Prinz Orlowsky (German)
Concerts and other Performances:
Prince Orlovsky (cover), ... Die Fledermaus, Lyric Opera Studio Weimar 
Laurey (cover), Oklahoma! ... Charlottesville Opera 
Lia, L’Enfant Prodigue ... Bare Opera 
Violetta, La Traviata ... Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble 
Ina Soep, Steal a pencil for me (workshop, Cohen) ... Fort Worth Opera 
Diana 3, Diana Vreeland (workshop, Karlsson) ... Fort Worth Opera 
Suor Angelica, Suor Angelica ... The Opera Project DSM 
Woglinde, Das Rheingold .... Opera Company of Brooklyn 
Soprano, The Ugly Duckling (Duncan) .... Seagle Post-Season Outreach 
Trassie, Sharon’s Grave (workshop, Wargo) .... Sembrich Museum, Bolton Landing, NY 
Alice Ford, Falstaff ... Seagle Music Colony 
Fantine, Les Misérables ... Seagle Music Colony 
Rosalinde, Die Fledermaus ... New York Opera Exchange 
Elvira, L’Italiana in Algeri ... Seagle Music Colony 
Alcina, Orlando Paladino ... Manhattan School of Music 
Pamina, Die Zauberflöte ... New York Opera Exchange 
Lillian Russell, The Mother of Us All ... Manhattan School of Music 
Countess Almaviva, Le Nozze di Figaro ... Conservatorio S. Pietro a Majella, Napoli 
Poppea, L’incoronazione di Poppea ... Manhattan Summer Voice Festival 
Marguerite (cover), Faust ... Manhattan School of Music 
Pamina, Die Zauberflöte ... Liebhabertheater schloß Kochberg 
Suor Osmina / Conversa, Suor Angelica ... Opera on the Avalon 
Lauretta (cover), Gianni Schicchi ... Opera on the Avalon 
Alcina, Alcina ... New York Lyric Opera 
Donna Elvira, Don Giovanni ... Lyric Opera Studio Weimar 
Nina, Nina, o sia la Pazza per Amore ... Manhattan School of Music 
Honors / Awards:
Soloist, Concerts in the Heights Series ... New York, NY 
Deità silvane (Respighi). Doctoral Recital of Hyerim Song ... New York, NY 
Soloist, B minor Mass (Bach). Highlander Concert Series ... Dallas, TX 
Des Knaben Wunderhorn (Mahler). Recital at the University of North Texas ... Denton, TX 
Sonic Blossom (Lee Mingwei). Metropolitan Museum of Art ... New York, NY 
JFK (David T. Little) Workshop, American Lyric Theater ... New York, NY [2014[
NYC's Rising Stars, Queensborough P.A.C. ... New York, NY 
Thüringer Symphoniker, Theater Rudolstadt, Großes Haus ... Rudolstadt, Germany 
Metropolitan Opera National Council. Finalist, Great Lakes Region. 
The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Winner, Pittsburgh District. 
Mildred Miller International Voice Competition, semi-finalist 
Hugh Ross Award - Manhattan School of Music 
Alan M. and Joan Taub Ades Vocal Competition, 3rd Place 
Class of 1969 Recital Competition Winner 
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 
Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, Manhattan School of Music 
Apprentice artist | Charlottesville Opera 
Young artist | Seagle Music Colony full scholarship) [2014, 2015]
Young artist | Opera on the Avalon 
Apprentice Artist | Lyric Opera Studio Weimar [2011, 2012]
Program Particpant | Martina Arroyo Foundation Role Preparation Course 
TEACHERS: Ron Raines, Nikki Li Hartliep, Ashley Putnam, Jeremy Slavin
COACHES: Vlad Iftinca, Jose Melendez, Kenneth Merrill, Thomas Muraco, Paul Plummer
CONDUCTORS: Andy Anderson, John Spencer IV, Christian Capocaccia, Steven Osgood, Greg Ritchey, Olaf Storbeck
DIRECTORS: Mary Birnbaum, 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