Underwriters: Nancy Haywood/Kathy Moore and Steve Homer/Jill and Allyn Risley
About the artist: Second-year HGO Studio artist Nicholas Newton is an alumnus of HGO’s Young Artists Vocal Academy (2016) and won third prize in HGO’s 2019 Eleanor McCollum Competition Concert of Arias. Notable performances include the roles of Count Ceprano in Rigoletto and Capulet (cover) in Roméo et Juliette with Wolf Trap Opera, Achilla in Julius Caesar at Rice University, and L’arbre and Le fauteuil in L’enfant et les sortilèges at the Aspen Music Festival. Newton was 2019 national semifinalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the first-place winner in the 2018 Virginia & Susan Hawk Competition. In summer 2019, he sang Monterone in Rigoletto. With Opera Theater of Saint Louis. In the summer of 2020, was set to return to Wolf Trap Opera as Colline in La bohème however that production was cancelled due to COVID-19. During the 2019-20 season at HGO, he reprised the role of Monterone in Rigoletto.
HGO appearances: Johann in Werther (COVID-19 cancellation); Daddy/Time in The Snowy Day; Terry in Breaking the Waves. Second-year HGO Studio artist.
Previously at HGO: Monterone in Rigoletto; Second Soldier in Salome (COVID-19 cancellation). Third prize winner in HGO’s 2019 Eleanor McCollum Competition Concert of Arias. Alumnus of Young Artists Vocal Academy (2016).