Graduate student and mezzo-soprano Kelly Newberry named a 2018 Tanglewood Music Center Vocal Arts Fellow

Kelly NewberryGraduate student and Peruvian-American mezzo-soprano, Kelly Newberry, has been selected as one of only 25 students to attend the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center this summer as a Vocal Arts Fellow. Located in Lenox, Massachusetts, the Tanglewood Music Center is an annual summer program offering emerging professional musicians the opportunity to participate in performances, master classes, and workshops alongside some of the world’s finest musicians and educators. The Center operates as a part of the Tanglewood Music Festival, an outdoor concert series and the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO). Serge Koussevitzky, the Boston Symphony Orchestra's music director from 1924 to 1949, founded the TMC with the intention of creating a premier music academy where, with the resources of a great symphony orchestra at their disposal, young musicians would sharpen their skills under the tutelage of Boston Symphony Orchestra musicians and specially invited artists.
TMC Vocal Arts Fellows participate in art song, chamber music, and theatrical projects, the balance of which is based on the interests of the applicant and the determination of the faculty during the audition process. For the 2018 summer season, Newberry will sing the role of Mrs. Doc in a new arrangement for chamber orchestra of Leonard Bernstein’s A Quiet Place, in honor of Bernstein’s 100th birthday. In addition to her role in A Quiet Place, Newberry will also participate in performances with the TMC Orchestra, including Bernstein’s Opening Prayer, and the world premiere of a new work by Michael Gandolfi. This will be her second summer as a Tanglewood Vocal Arts Fellow.
Noted for her “luscious mezzo timbre” (The Boston Musical Intelligencer), Newberry is a first-year DMA student in the studio of Dr. Isabel Bayrakdarian. This past summer, in collaboration with Emanuel Ax, Newberry premiered a song by John Harbison on a concert including performers such as Yo-Yo Ma and Pam Frank at Seiji Ozawa Hall as part of the Tanglewood Music Center. Under the direction of Dawn Upshaw and Nicholas Muni, Kelly starred as Jennie The Sealyham Terrier in a National Opera Association award-winning production of Oliver Knussen’s Higglety Pigglety Pop!. Other roles in Kelly’s repertoire include Dorabella (Cosí fan tutte), Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Cendrillon (Cendrillon), and Charlotte (Werther).
Kelly Newberry