Rebecca Newman The People's Soprano Releases New Album
Rebecca Newman Achieves Classical No 1 with Dare to Dream
"Fantastic Soprano" - Aled Jones, singer and TV presenter
"Brilliant.. especially the original songs" - Russell Watson, tenor
"An amazing talent" - Lenny Henry, actor and comedian
Affectionately named 'The People's Soprano' by fans, colleagues and the media, singer-songwriter Rebecca Newman is one of the most exciting classical-crossover acts the UK has seen for a long time.
Rebecca says "I have been writing songs since I was 11, but never dreamed I would get the opportunity to record one of my own compositions with a live orchestra and with the orchestral arrangement written by someone of Paul Bateman's calibre. As a classical artist it was normal for me sing 'cover versions' because the music I was leaning had been written many years or centuries ago. I spent a lot of time around singer-songwriters in the acoustic pop world, and even spent time in a hip hop band at university, where I blended operatic vocals with jazz styles, but I've only recently started to write songs that can fit on an album next to operatic arias by composers like Puccini and Bizet. I’ve listened carefully to what my listeners want to hear – who are indicative of the light classical and the crossover audience – and their feedback has shown me that new songs are as important to them as in any genre.”
The album features two brand new compositions – Dare to Dream, the title track, and Heroes to the World – plus lesser known classical pieces, like Rondine al Nido, by Vincenzo di Crescenzo, which is a popular piece by many famous tenors, like Pavarotti, but appears to have never been covered by a female voice. Rebecca has recorded many of her favourite operatic pieces her audiences have enjoyed, like Mi Chiamano Mimi (from La Boheme by Puccini) and Casta Diva (from Norma by Bellini). She has even recorded a haunting, classical crossover version of I’m Kissing You, by Craig Armstong, from the 1996 film Romeo and Juliet, which had not been released as a classical crossover version in the UK before she began putting her stamp on it in 2013. There is an unusual version of Gershwin’s Summertime, from the opera Porgy and Bess, which is sung in the original opera key, higher than many operatic sopranos tend to sing it. The album has a natural, acoustic, live feeling to it, due to the use of only live instruments and no click tracks.
Rebecca is an extensive live performer and it was important to her to reflect that in her album. Rebecca has had overwhelming support from her extensive fan base. The people of Britain have chosen Rebecca to be their ‘People’s Soprano’. Her auditions (unlike TV Talent shows) were held busking on the streets and the public gave her the thumbs up and now have funded this exciting next step of her career.
Dare to Dream stormed straight to the top of the charts and Rebecca is now planning a Christmas Single. Watch this space!
Rebecca Newman – The People’s Choice. The People’s Soprano.
October 21, 2014 9:56am ET by Louise Harris PR