American director Kevin Newbury makes his San Francisco Opera debut in 2013. His 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). Newbury is especially committed to developing new work. 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. In addition to his work on The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, he is currently developing a new musical with Jeremy Schonfeld and Nicole Parker, a new opera with composer and lyricist Todd Almond, and a new opera with Gregory Spears and Greg Pierce. He has enjoyed repeat engagements with several leading American opera companies, including Minnesota Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Portland Opera, and Opera Theatre of St. Louis. He has also directed for Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Montreal Opera, the San Francisco Symphony, Glimmerglass Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre, New York City Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Colorado, and Houston Grand Opera. His opera engagements in the 2012–13 season include Il Trovatore with Utah Opera, Anna Bolena with Minnesota Opera, Don Giovanni with Opera Colorado, the world premiere of Oscar at the Santa Fe Opera.