Lyric Opera of Chicago

Kevin Newbury

Kevin Newbury

Kevin Newbury, is a theatre and opera director based in New York City. Kevin’s work has been produced throughout North America and, most recently, in Europe. His production of Virginia for the Wexford Opera Festival recently won the 2010 Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Opera Production. His work has also been nominated for a Grammy Award (Bernstein’s Mass with Marin Alsop), a Drama Desk Award (Best Actor, Candy and Dorothy), and the GLAAD Media Award (Winner: Candy and Dorothy, Nominated: Kiss and Cry).

Upcoming engagements include new productions for Florida Grand Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Portland Opera, Bard Summerscape, Wexford Festival, Minnesota Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Kevin has enjoyed repeat engagements with several leading American opera companies, including Minnesota Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Portland Opera, Utah Opera, and Opera Theatre of St. Louis. He has also directed for Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Bard Summerscape, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Virginia Opera, UrbanArias, Central City Opera, L’Opéra de Montréal, the San Francisco Symphony, Glimmerglass Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre, New York City Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Colorado, and Houston Grand Opera.

Kevin is especially committed to developing new work. He has directed a dozen world premiere operas. In 2013 alone, he directed four world premiere operas. He has directed the world premieres of several plays and musicals in New York City, five of which have been published or recorded for commercial release. Kevin’s work in opera includes collaborations with many top American composers, including Ricky Ian Gordon and Pulitzer Prize winners John Adams and Lewis Spratlan. Kevin is currently developing a new musical with Jeremy Schonfeld and Nicole Parker, a new opera with composer/lyricist Todd Almond, and a new opera with Gregory Spears and Greg Pierce.

Kevin was born and raised in Maine and attended Bowdoin College and Oxford University.