Kevin Newbury


The American director’s recent credits include Norma (San Francisco, Barcelona, Valladolid, Toronto, with Houston coming up later this season), Maria Stuarda (Seattle), Eugene Onegin (Portland), and numerous world premieres: Mason Bates’s The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs (Santa Fe), Gregory Spears’s Fellow Travelers (Cincinnati; Lyric Unlimited presents it in March), Kevin Puts’s The Manchurian Candidate (Minnesota), Theodore Morrison’s Oscar (Santa Fe, revived in Philadelphia), and Kansas City Choir Boy (national tour). Newbury also recently debuted at Long Beach Opera directing Philip Glass’s The Perfect American. The rarities he has directed range from Antonio Cognoni’s Don Bucefalo (Wexford Festival) and Weber’s Euryanthe (Bard Summerscape) to Marvin David Levy’s Mourning Becomes Electra (Florida Grand Opera). He has undertaken repeat engagements with Park Avenue Armory, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, New York’s Prototype Festival, and Wexford Festival Opera (including Mercadante’s Virginia, winner of the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Opera Production). He also has directed for Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Canadian Opera Company, L’Opera de Montréal, the San Francisco Symphony, the Glimmerglass Festival, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Newbury is director of three short films: Monsura is Waiting, Stag, and Epiphany V.

Previously at Lyric: Faust (2017|18); Norma (2016|17); Bel Canto (2015|16, world premiere); Anna Bolena (2014|15).

Last updated: March 3, 2018