Erina Newkirk

The San Francisco Chronicle writes of Erina Newkirk as a "standout" soprano with "resplendent vocal tone, technical prowess, all arching phrases, and melting lyricism". Erina was most recently featured on NPR for her portrayal of Nonnie Anderson, heroine of the World Premiere of Chandler Carter's masterwork opera, Strange Fruit for Long Leaf Opera Festival. She is featured on the cover of the summer and fall 2007 issues of Opera America's 'Newsline' and Opera America's online 'Newslink'. Mrs. Newkirk has performed over thirty leading operatic roles. Her operatic and concert repertoire embraces works from the Baroque to the contemporary, in addition to the premieres of several new operas and song cycles. She has performed leading roles with Long Leaf Opera Festival, Opera San Jose, Opera North, San Francisco Lyric Opera, Lamplighters of San Francisco, Oakland Opera, West Marin Music Festival, Pocket Opera, Berkeley Opera, Oakland Lyric Opera, Cinnabar Opera, Livermore Valley Opera, Bay Shore Lyric Opera, Opera in the Ozarks, San Francisco Opera Guild, and West Bay Opera Guild. Erina can also be seen on Daniel Booth's film production of Gilbert and Sullivan's 'Princess Ida' in the role of Cloe.

Erina has appeared in concert as featured artist for Long Leaf Opera Festival, Marin Symphony, The Lancaster Music Festival, Pacific Musical Society, Oakland Opera, Townsend Opera, Martinez Opera, Lamplighter's of San Francisco, and Pocket Opera. Her acting engagements include leading and supporting roles in several independent films, commercials, and voice over work for Leap Frog Enterprises.

Vocal Awards and Scholarships include: The Metropolitan Opera Competition, The Leontyne Price National Vocal Competition, The Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition, Orlando Opera's National Refuss Singing Actor Competition, The Marin Symphony Scholarship Competition, National Teachers of Singing Competition ‐ Art Song Division Winner, The National Society of Arts and Letters Vocal Competition, The Philanthropic Ventures Foundation for Exceptional Emerging Artists, The Opera in The Ozarks Most Outstanding Colleague Award, and the W.E.B. Dubois Fellowship for two consecutive years.