An accomplished in-demand singer, Marion Newman is Kwagiulth and Stó:lō First Nations, English, Irish and Scottish heritage. Photo: Domoney Artists Management.
An accomplished in-demand singer, Marion Newman is Kwagiulth and Stó:lō First Nations, English, Irish and Scottish heritage. Photo: Domoney Artists Management.

The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia has announced the critically acclaimed mezzo-soprano Marion Newman will join the organization as a guest curator to lead the creation of a new series featuring the work of Indigenous artists, which will kick-off in the fall of 2021.

“Marion Newman is an artist of amazing depth and breadth. I am excited to welcome her to our team as a guest curator,” said Dr. T. Patrick Carrabré, director of the Chan Centre. “Her wealth of knowledge and experience will be instrumental as we engage and connect with the artists in our inaugural Indigenous series.”

Of Kwagiulth and Stó:lō First Nations, English, Irish and Scottish heritage, an accomplished in-demand singer, Newman has performed in works ranging from Vivaldi to Vivier, and operatic roles including Carmen and Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia.

Most recently, Hawley performed Barbara Croall’s Zasakwaa with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and with Pacific Opera Victoria in Suor Angelica and Missing, Marie Clements and Brian Current’s opera focused on the story of Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women. She curated and performed in What is classical Indigenous Music? with Toronto’s Confluence Concerts and debuted with Rhode Island Symphony in Handel’s Messiah.

In addition to an extensive performing career, Hawley is the co-founder of Amplified Opera and has worked in many facets of the performing arts as a curator, arts administrator, speaker, teacher, and dramaturge.

“I’m honoured to be able to continue my work in advocating for IBPOC artists to create works and perform on their own terms,” says Hawley. “This opportunity to curate Indigenous programming for the Chan Centre is a welcome and harmonious inclusion to my growing list of roles.”

Full details on the Chan Centre’s inaugural Indigenous series will be announced in the summer of 2021.