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Here at A Liberal's Libretto, I strive to provide information about the arts and politics ... more specifically: opera, progressive politics, theater - and anything else about which I think you should know. OH! And of course, there is usually a little commentary tossed in for fun.

Posts are created by culling and synthesizing information from multiple sources - including, but not limited to, other blogs, websites, magazines, newspapers, public records and sometimes sources who may or may not remain anonymous. Published content is vetted to the best of my ability and specific sources are always cited whenever possible.

A Liberal's Libretto is meant to be informative and to challenge your thinking in the spirit of good, clean (most of the time) blogging. Additionally, I must say for the record that I do not take any responsibility for any comments left by the readers and accept no liability for any loss, damage or hurt feelings insensitive reader's comments may insight. In other words, don't blame the messenger.

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James Newman, Founder and Editor | A Liberal's Libretto

"Opera singing blogger & photographer. Captivated by social media. Charmed by epic images & all things retro..."

James Newman began studying Religion and Psychology at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. After a chance audition for Marjory Halvorson during his sophomore year, James - a life long church musician - was awarded a scholarship to study voice with her. He reported to her studio the following day at 9:00 am and that morning, his entire trajectory changed.

Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Voice Performance, he continued his education in Opera Performance and Conducting at Arizona State University. After moving to New York City, James began studying voice with renowned soprano Maria Spacagna, with whom he still studies today.

As a performer, James has performed a range of roles including Scarpia in Tosca, the title role in Don Pasquale, Rev. Olin Blitch in Susannah, Dulcamara in L’Elisir d’Amore, Don Alfonso in Cosi fan Tutte, Seneca in The Coronation of Poppea, Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, Simone in Gianni Schicchi, PoohBah in The Mikado, and Barney in The Ballad of Baby Doe on the stages of South Florida Opera, Spokane Opera, Connecticut Early Music Festival and Arizona State Lyric Opera Theatre - both as a student and later as a Guest Artist. In addition, James served as an Apprentice Artist with San Diego Opera which afforded him the distinct pleasure of acting as Apprentice Artist Cover for the role of Oroveso in Norma which was conducted by Maestro Richard Bonynge.

On the Concert Stage, Mr. Newman's repertoire has included The Passion According to St. John, Brahms' German Requiem, Mozart's Requiem, Faure's Requiem, Vaughn-Williams' Serenade to Music and excerpts from Handel's Messiah with companies such as Arizona Choral Society, Arizona Musicfest, the Phoenix Symphony, the Spokane Symphony.

When James isn’t singing or writing for A Liberal's Libretto, he can be found snapping photos, tirelessly finding new ways to combine his passions for the arts and politics, and evangelizing the virtues of Social Media. He also loves cooking for family and friends and taking in the Manhattan skyline from the roof deck of the Park Slope, Brooklyn apartment he shares with his wife, soprano Jenn Newman and their daughter Lyla.

Audio Clips:
"Ella giammai m'amo" from Verdi's Don Carlo
James Newman, bass baritone
Dr. Matthew Larson, piano

Solo Version of "My Friends" from Sondheim's Sweeney Todd
James Newman, bass baritone
Dr. Matthew Larson, piano

Revival Scene from Carlisle Floyd's Susannah
James Newman, bass baritone
Susan McDaniel, piano
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