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”A RESOURCEFUL BLACK-BOX PRODUCTION DIRECTED BY KEVIN NEWBURY... MR. NEWBURY’S STARK STAGING... EMPHASIZES THOSE
DIMENSIONS, SIMULTANEOUSLY CONVEYING AN IMPRESSION OF THEATRICAL IMMEDIACY AND GREEK TRAGEDY.  ALL TOLD, THE
SOLD-OUT PREMIERE PROVIDED PROTOTYPE... WITH A SUBLIME START.”
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THE NEW YORK TIMES ON  PAUL’S CASE (2014)


”IN ONLY ITS SECOND SEASON, THE PROTOTYPE FESTIVAL CAN CLAIM ITS FIRST MASTERPIECE, THE CHAMBER OPERA PAUL’S CASE.
... IT WOULD BE TEMPTING TO CALL THIS SHOW “THE BEST NEW OPERA I’VE HEARD IN YEARS,” ...THE PRODUCTION BY KEVIN NEWBURY
UTILIZED THE INTIMATE BLACK-BOX THEATER AT HERE IN A NOVEL WAY...”
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THE NEW YORK OBSERVER ON  PAUL’S CASE (2014)


”THE OPERA’S FLORIDA GRAND OPERA PREMIERE... WAS STAGED BY KEVIN NEWBURY, WHO CONFIRMED HIS STATUS AS A FINE
AMERICAN OPERA DIRECTOR.  NEWBURY EMBRACED THE SAVAGELY BEAUTIFUL MUSIC AND LIBRETTO, CREATING A RIVETING SPECTACLE
AND CONTROLLING THE MOVEMENT, SPACING AND BODY LANGUAGE OF ALL THE SINGERS WITH MUSICAL PRECISION.”
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OPERA NEWS ON  MOURNING BECOMES ELECTRA (2013)


”LYRIC OPERA OF KANSAS CITY OPENED ITS SEASON ...WITH A CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI THAT ANY MAJOR WORLD COMPANY MIGHT
HAVE BEEN PROUD TO PRESENT.  KEVIN NEWBURY’S PRODUCTION WAS IN NO WAY TRADITIONAL -- ... BUT IT TOLD THE STORY SWIFTLY
AND EFFECTIVELY, CAREFULLY UNDERSCORING THE UNHEALTHY EMOTIONAL BONDS BETWEEN CAPULETS, FATHER AND DAUGHTER.  THE
AUDIENCE SEEMED MORE AND MORE RIVETED AS THE EVENING PROCEEDED.”
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OPERA UK ON  I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI (2013)


”THE PRODUCTION, DIRECTED FLUIDLY BY KEVIN NEWBURY, USES A STRIKING UNIT SET DESIGNED BY DAVID KORINS THAT DEPICTS THE
ROUGH-HEWED CURVED WALLS OF THE EXCAVATION SITE.”
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THE NEW YORK TIMES ON  THE GOSPEL OF MARY MAGDALENE (2013)


”KEVIN NEWBURY, THE DIRECTOR, MADE THE MOST OF IT WITH TEEMING AND ENTERTAINING STAGE ACTIVITY... THE STAGING AND
INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCES WERE GENERALLY EXCELLENT.  DAVID KORIN’S SCENERY - SUITABLY RAW AND AUSTERE IN THE PRISON
SCENES, WARM IN THE NURSERY - AND DAVID C. WOOLARD’S COSTUME DESIGN SUPPORTED MR. NEWBURY’S CONCEPTION WELL.”
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THE NEW YORK TIMES ON  OSCAR (2013)


”KEVIN NEWBURY’S FOCUSED DIRECTING, TIMOTHY MACKABEE’S SET AND AMANDA SEYMOUR’S PERIOD COSTUMES EVOKED PAUL’S
INNER AND OUTER LIVES.”
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THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ON  PAUL’S CASE (2013)


”STAGE DIRECTOR KEVIN NEWBURY MOVED PEOPLE AND PROPS AROUND ROBERT BRILL’S FLEXIBLE SET WITH HIS CUSTOMARY FINESSE...
DOUBT PROVED FULLY WORTHY OF THE CARE AND RESOURCES LAVISHED UPON IT.”
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OPERA NEWS ON  DOUBT (2013)


”THERE IS NO DOUBT: THE OPERA... MAKES FOR A GRIPPING 2 1/2 HOURS OF THEATER... THE PRODUCTION, DIRECTED BY KEVIN NEWBURY,
IS FAST-PACED AND EFFECTIVE.”
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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ON  DOUBT (2013)


”A HANDSOME PRODUCTION... THE MINNESOTA OPERA’S PRODUCTION, DIRECTED BY KEVIN NEWBURY, SERVED THE WORK AS WELL AS
POSSIBLE, PARTICULARLY IN THE FAST PACING THROUGH MOST OF THE FIRST ACT.”
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THE NEW YORK TIMES ON  DOUBT (2013)


”COMPLEX MINNESOTA OPERA PRODUCTION IS SIMPLY IMPRESSIVE... THE EXPERT SINGING IS MATCHED BY FIRST-RATE PRODUCTION VALUES...
DIRECTOR KEVIN NEWBURY DESERVES KUDOS FOR MAKING IT ALL FLOW SMOOTHLY AND FOR SHAPING SUCH LAYERED PERFORMANCES.”
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PIONEER PRESS ON  DOUBT (2013)


”STAGE DIRECTOR KEVIN NEWBURY, STRONGLY ABETTED BY ROBERT BRILL’S COLUMNED SET AND JAPHY WEIDEMAN’S PAINTERLY LIGHTING,
ACTUALIZES THE STORY’S DRAMATIC PROMISE; HIS SCENE CHANGES ARE PURE POETRY.”
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The Star-Tribune ON  DOUBT (2013)


”NEWBURY’S THOUGHTFULNESS, HIS EYE FOR DETAIL, AND HIS ABILITY TO FRAME THE DRAMATIC MOMENT HAVE MADE THESE THREE
PRODUCTIONS REWARDING EXPERIENCES. ... THOUGH EACH PRODUCTION HAS HAD ITS OWN LOOK, THEY HAVE SHARED AN EVOCATIVE
MIX OF ABSTRACTION AND REALISM, ALONG WITH A KIND OF MONUMENTALITY IN THE DESIGN THAT NEVER DWARFS THE CHARACTER
AND THEIR RELATIONSHIPS. ”
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OPERA NEWS ON  ANNA BOLENA, MARIA STUARDA AND ROBERTO DEVEREUX (2013)


”AN OPERA NEEDS TO BE ABLE TO CATCH FIRE ONSTAGE, AND IN THE SUMMERSCAPE PRODUCTION, DIRECTED WITH
IMAGINATION AND EMOTIONAL NUANCE BY KEVIN NEWBURY, “DANAE” CERTAINLY DOES... ...EXHILARATING AND MOVING,
“DANAE” HAS FOUND ITS MOMENT.”
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NEW YORK TIMES ON  DIE LIEBE DER DANAE (2011)


”A GOLD STANDARD PRODUCTION AT BARD COLLEGE.   EVEN IN THE GRANDER MOMENTS OF NEWBURY’S CONCEPT AND FAMED ARCHITECT
RAFAEL VIÑOLY’S SETS - AS IN ACT III, WHICH FINDS DANAE AND MIDAS IN A ROBIN’S EGG BLUE AMC PACER ONSTAGE - THERE IS A
CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF POETIC RESTRAINT.  LIKE DANAE, WE AS THE AUDIENCE COME TO APPRECIATE THE HEART OF THE PRODUCTION
RATHER THAN ITS BELLS AND WHISTLES.”
NAMED ONE OF THE THE BEST OF 2011 IN OPERA.
- WQXR ON  DIE LIEBE DER DANAE (2011)


”...SMOOTHLY DIRECTED BY KEVIN NEWBURY... AND THE WHIMSICAL MYTHOLOGICAL PLOT HAS SOME SURPRISINGLY EFFECTIVE
DRAMATIC MOMENTS, MADE ALL THE MORE POINTED IN THE WITTILY UPDATED PRODUCTION. ”
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ASSOCIATED PRESS ON  DIE LIEBE DER DANAE (2011)


”WITHOUT SACRIFICING ANY OF THE FAIRY-TALE MAGIC IN HUMPERDINCK’S 1893 MASTERPIECE, STAGE DIRECTOR KEVIN NEWBURY
HAS COME UP WITH A PARTICULARLY RELEVANT METAPHOR FOR OUR ECONOMICALLY CHALLENGED TIMES... NEWBURY, WHOSE STAGING
OF THE
RAPPAHANNOCK COUNTY SONG-CYCLE WAS SUCH A SPELLBINDER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND IN SEPTEMBER... IS ENDLESSLY
RESOURCEFUL WHERE IT REALLY COUNTS.”
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RICHMOND-TIMES DISPATCH ON  HANSEL AND GRETEL (2011)


”JOHN ADAMS’ BRILLIANT AND TOUCHING NATIVITY ORATORIO...TURNED OUT TO BE THE THEATRICAL AND SPIRITUAL MASTERPIECE MANY
OF US SUSPECTED FROM THE START. ”
NAMED ONE OF THE TOP 10 EVENTS OF THE YEAR.
- SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE ON  EL NIÑO (2010)


”L’OPÉRA DE MONTRÉAL DEFINITELY HAS A HIT ON ITS HANDS WITH THIS MINNESOTA OPERA/KEVIN NEWBURY PRODUCTION OF
GAETANO DONIZETTI’S
ROBERTO DEVEREUX.  ...NEWBURY’S MASTERFUL STAGE DIRECTION IS BEAUTIFULLY FRAMED BY NEIL PATEL’S ELEGANT
SETS AND D.M. WOOD’S FINE AND INVENTIVE LIGHTING...  VISUALLY VERY ELEGANT...  A PERFECT COLLABORATION!”
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The GLOBE AND MAIL on Roberto Devereux (2010)


“NEWBURY’S STAGING IS EFFECTIVE... NEWBURY GETS COMMITTED PERFORMANCES FROM HIS SINGERS.”
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LONDON TIMES ON VIRGINIA (2010)


“MERCADANTE’S VIRGINIA WAS THE THRILLING DISCOVERY OF THE FIFTY-NINTH ANNUAL WEXFORD FESTIVAL OPERA...KEVIN NEWBURY
STAGED THE WORK WITH A STRONG SENSE OF FORWARD MOVEMENT AND TELLING CHARACTER DETAIL.”
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OPERA NEWS ON VIRGINIA (2010)


“(A) GRIPPING INAUGURAL PRESENTATION...DIRECTOR KEVIN NEWBURY EFFECTIVELY SHAPES THE CHARACTERS AND THE COMPLICATED
RELATIONSHIPS AMONG THEM.”
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DENVER POST ON LIFE IS A DREAM (2010)


“TREMENDOUSLY IMPRESSIVE AND INNOVATIVE, AND MY HAT IS OFF TO (THE DESIGNERS) AS WELL AS OVER-ALL STAGE DIRECTOR
KEVIN NEWBURY, WHO ENJOYED NOTHING LESS THAN A TRIUMPH WITH THEIR COCEPT OF MISE-EN-SCÈNE.”
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OPERATODAY.COM ON life is a dream (2010)


“STAGED BY KEVIN NEWBURY, LIFE IS A DREAM WAS GIVEN A FIRST-RATE PRODUCTION BY SANTA FE OPERA.”
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OPERA NEWS ON life is a dream (2010)


“STRONG CASTING AND A SIMPLE, ELEGANT PRODUCTION ALSO DISTINGUISH OPERA THEATRE’S “EUGENE ONEGIN.”
...DIRECTOR KEVIN NEWBURY’S SUBTLE TOUCHES BROUGHT INSIGHTS TO THE ACTION.”
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WALL STREET JOURNAL ON EUGENE ONEGIN (2010)


“A GORGEOUS EUGENE ONEGIN...DIRECTOR KEVIN NEWBURY DIRECTED WITH WELCOME SUBTLETY, RESISTING ANY TEMPTATION TO
INDULGE IN CONCEPTS AT ODDS WITH THE COMPOSER’S INTENTIONS...AN EXQUISITE PRODUCTION.”
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ST. LOUIS DISPATCH ON EUGENE ONEGIN (2010)


“The production, captained by director Kevin Newbury, ingeniously visualized Elizabeth’s predicament... 
this bold production may well mark a turn in the fortunes of Roberto Devereux.”
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Opera News on Roberto Devereux (2010)


”The MinNesota Opera's vivid production, which taps deeply into the currents of jealousy, guilt, remorse and
grief that run throughout the piece, may strike even Donizetti devotees as revelatory…. Led by director Kevin
Newbury, the production team is especially sensitive to the clash of public and private, and to religious
dimensions of the action.”
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The Star-Tribune on Roberto Devereux (2010)


“A bright spot in this year’s lineup, thanks in large measure to the witty direction of Kevin Newbury.
Mr. Newbury updated this Cinderella story to post-Crash 1933 New York… Although more than a century
separates Rossini’s music from 1930s movies such as “My Man Godfrey,” the two styles of screwball comedy
proved to be a fine match….Mr. Newbury dropped in clever, almost throwaway touches—and each character
came distinctively to life.”
- The Wall Street Journal on La Cenerentola (2010)


“The director Kevin Newbury sets Rossini’s Cenerentola in Depression-era New York, and the updating is most
effective…a spirited and lively performance.”
- The New York Times on La Cenerentola (2010)


"The auditorium rocked for this overpowering performance."
NAMED ONE OF THE TOP FIVE CLASSICAL EVENTS OF THE YEAR.
- The New York Times on Bernstein’s Mass (2008)


"A delightfully witty, wonderfully entertaining production... while maximizing an array of visual gags
and other skillful touches, Newbury invests the characters with all-important doses of humanity, keeping
them from sinking into easily dismissible stock figures."
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The Denver Post on Falstaff (2008)


"Confidently directed by Kevin Newbury... the results are blithe and entertaining."

- The New Yorker on The Second Tosca (2007)


"brought to life by an excellent cast and enlivened with a lot of humor.  Kevin Newbury, the director...
adds an adrenaline jolt."
- The New York Times on The Second Tosca (2007)


"Newbury's intelligent, fluidly paced production reflects his considerable experience at top regional opera
companies... Newbury deserves praise for the universally successful casting; one wishes all Broadway
ensembles were so well suited to their roles."
- Opera News on The Second Tosca (2007)


"Staged with wit and sparkle by Kevin Newbury... keeps you smiling until the curtain call."
- The New York Times on Candy & Dorothy (2006)


"Candy and Dorothy earns its wings! It's lively, especially under the light directorial hand of Kevin Newbury.
Worth seeing."
- The Boston Globe on Candy & Dorothy (2006)


"Mr. Newbury's direction keeps the characters moving in a fast, light step like that of a good chorus line,
which of course the Eumenides themselves were the first time around, in the fifth century B.C."
- The New York Times on The Eumenides (2004)