Choreographer and director Victoria Newlyn made her Royal Opera debut in 2012 as choreographer for The Firework-Maker’s Daughter, co-commissioned by ROH2 and The Opera Group. She also teaches movement and drama on the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme.
Newlyn trained as an actor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She now choreographs and directs opera in addition to her work as a movement and drama teacher, specializing in working with singers. Her choreographer and movement direction credits include Rigoletto for National Opera Bucharest, La traviata and Don Giovanni for Opera North, La Wally and Un ballo in maschera for Opera Holland Park, Le nozze di Figaro and The Rape of Lucretia for British Youth Opera, Carmen, Die Walküre and The Rake’s Progress for St Endellion Festival and Ariodante for Cambridge Handel Opera. Her direction credits include Atalanta for Cambridge Handel Opera and Die Fledermaus for Clonter Opera. She regularly collaborates with Iain Burnside, including on his shows Seduced (Guildhall), Lads in Their Hundreds (Guildhall, Kings Place and Ludlow Festival), A Soldier and a Maker (Barbican Pit and Cheltenham Festival) and ‘Why does the Queen die?’ (Oxford Lieder Festival).
Newlyn began her teaching career assisting Mandy Demetriou, and now teaches at the Royal Academy of Music, GSMD and the National Opera Studio.