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Marianna Mott Newirth

Marianna Mott Newirth


Marianna Mott Newirth is a librettist, playwright and producer of opera. An Emmy- nominated maker of cultural documentaries, she now creates works of opera and musical drama in addition to straight theatre & video.

Her performed operatic works include; ‘Transmission II’, a collaboration with composer, Rabbi Bronwen Mullin at the Artist’s Beit Midrash of Town & Village Synagogue in New York City; ‘Musial Tales Concerto and Alexa the Dyslexic Angel’ with composer, Peter Michael von der Nahmer, at The Grand in New Ulm, MN; ‘Blue Hum’ with co-writer, Anita Prestige and composer von der Nahmer at Tapestry Opera in Toronto, ON; ‘Growing Young’ with the Brooklyn Arts Council SU CASA program team lead by von der Nahmer; ‘Where Is The Stillness’ recorded in Munich for the 250 Piano Pieces for Beethoven project. She’s served as librettist for ‘ Nia Wa Ja Shu/Be A Hero: A Dramatic Choral Cantata for Change’ with her creative team of von der Nahmer & Prestige to be performed by Camerloher youth choir and symphony in Munich, Germany 2020; librettist for ‘Transportation Transformation’ commissioned by the New York Opera Alliance and NY Public Radio’s The Greene Space.

Her straight theatrical pieces, ‘Bachelor’s Agreement’ and ‘Correspondence Theory’ were produced in New York City in 2018; with ‘Interabled’ premiered at Queens Theatre For All Festival in May 2019.

Currently Marianna is serving as Dramaturge for dell'Arte Opera Ensemble's production of ‘Princess Maleine ’ with the creative team of Whitney George & Bea Goodwin to premiere August 2019. She is writing and producing two operatic works; ‘When Falling...Dive’, a VideOpera to be filmed in NYC this summer; and ‘The Ayes Have It’ - a full-length opera in early development on the birth of the women's movement as seen through the eyes of her ancestor, Lucretia Mott, in recognition of the August 2020 centennial celebration of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote.

Marianna, in her spare time, is also an editor. She co-edited the article Musikalisierung for a peer reviewed journal, Music & Medicine in January. She is a member of the Dramatist’s Guild and Opera America and lives in New York City with her husband, photographer Scott Newirth.


  • Concerts/Cabaret


  • NYC/Tri-State Area


  • Theatrical Lyricist
  • Bookwriter/Librettist
  • Songwriter
  • Other


  • Other



Preferred Pronouns

  • She/Her