Lisa Newill-Smith

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Lisa Newill-Smith


Lisa Newill-Smith, soprano, is based in Berlin and studies with Abbie Furmansky. Recent opera performances include Echo (Ariadne auf Naxos) and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) with The Berlin Opera Group, Madame Lidoine (Dialoges des Carmélites) with Balance Opera Berlin, Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel) with Alltagsoper and the Royal Antwerp Conservatoire and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) in Alltagsoper’s premiere performance. In 2015, Lisa sang with the J. Strauss Orchester Wiesbaden and Opera Classica Europa, Greek Opera Studio and the Berlin Opera Studio in Syros and Bayreuth. In 2014, She performed Fox (The Cunning Little Vixen) with the Trentino Music Academy and premiered a new opera by Scottish composer David Wishart at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Operatic highlights include Helene (Hin und Zurück), Prima cercatrice (Suor Angelica), Prima Ancella (Medea), Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance), Josephine (H.M.S. Pinafore) and Wanda (La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein). Oratorio and concert works include Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, Mozart’s Requiem in D minor and Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem. This year, Lisa was a finalist in the Chicago Oratorio Award with the American Prize. In 2015, she was a finalist in the Opera Classica Europa competition, and a semi-finalist in the American Prize professional opera division.

Lisa has worked with many coaches, including Julius Drake, David Owen Norris, Paul Wynne Griffiths and Isabelle Aboulker, and has sung in masterclasses with Dame Felicity Lott and Renata Scotto. She has also performed in recitals all over the world, including the United Kingdom, Italy, the USA, France, Germany and Ireland. She completed her Post-Graduate Diploma with Merit at the Royal Northern College of Music with Jane Irwin in 2014, having also received a Merit for her MMus course in 2013. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2011 with a distinction for Music and Foreign Affairs.

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