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Biography

Chris Newcomer is a classically trained countertenor working in both Opera and Musical Theater.  In January of 2016 Chris made his Feinstein’s/54 Below debut with his new show MARY SOMETIMES. Most recently on Broadway Chris played Jacob Chicken in the TONY nominated Musical THE VISIT alongside Chita Rivera and the late Roger Rees.  He can also be heard on the original cast album of THE VISIT.  In addition to his work with the Broadway company Chris has toured the country and the world with CHICAGO the Musical (Dubai, Canada, The Philippines etc.).  Regionally Chris has performed at Sacramento Music Circus as well as The Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Recent opera performances include Aeolus in The Tempest with Opera at Rutgers, Evanco in Handel’s Rodrigo with OPERAMISSION, Arbate in the New York stage premiere of Mozart’s Mitridate and Hob’s Mother in Opera at Rutgers production of Flora.  Chris appeared as Angelo in the U.S. stage premiere of Schumann’s only opera Genoveva under the direction of Kasper Bech-Holten at the Bard summerscape festival. Chris has twice been a member of the Wolf Trap opera studio at Wolf Trap Opera Company. There he appeared as Castrato in John Musto’s Volpone and as Le Chef de la Police in L’etoile. A commercial recording of Wolf Trap’s production of Volpone was released and nominated for a 2009 Grammy, it can be purchased on iTunes.

Chris grew up just outside Philadelphia where he first developed his love of singing. Chris is a  graduate of the University of Maryland Opera Studio where he studied with Linda Mabbs. At Maryland Chris appeared as Oberon in A Midsummer Nights Dream and he played the title role in their new production of Xerxes for which the Washington Post said he tackled the role “Indefatigably”.  Chris Is also a graduate of Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers (Bachelors).

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