24-year-old British baritone James Newby is the winner of the 2016 Kathleen Ferrier Award. That same year he was the recipient of the Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera Voice Fellowship, and in 2015 was awarded the Richard Tauber Prize (for best interpretation of a Schubert Lied) and overall Third Prize at the Wigmore Hall/Kohn International Song Competition.
In 2017 he was awarded the Trinity Gold Medal by the board of Trinity Laban Conservatoire and has also been awarded the OAE Rising Stars prize for the 2017-2018 season.
After initial studies at Trinity Laban, he continues his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
In 2017 James was a Jerwood Young Artist at Glyndebourne Festival Opera and appeared in La Traviata (Messenger), Hamlet (Marcellus/Player 4, world premiere), La Clemenza di Tito and Don Pasquale (Notary).
James is a keen recitalist and has performed at Leeds Lieder Festival with Joseph Middleton, (recorded for BBC Radio 3); Perth International Arts Festival, Australia; and Schumann's Dichterliebe at Trinity Laban. Future recital appearances include Oxford Lieder Festival, a return to Leeds Lieder Festival, and a debut solo recital at the Wigmore Hall.
In the 16/17 season James sang the role of Mercurio in Cavalli’s La Calisto with La Nuova Musica and David Bates, and made his BBC Proms debut in 2016 in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music conducted by Sakari Oramo. Other future highlights include the role of Christus in the world premiere of Sally Beamish’s The Judas Passion; High Priest in Handel’s Semele under Ivor Bolton, a staged Bach St John Passion with the Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa, directed by Calixto Bieito, and performances with the Gabrieli Consort and Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century.