Tenor / 2012-2013 Studio Artist
A native of Wisconsin, Kevin Newell is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire with a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance, and he recently received a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor. Mr. Newell attended the Seagle Music Colony in Schroon Lake, New York in the summers of 2009, 2010, and in the summer of 2011, he sang as a Studio Artist with the Central City Opera House Association. Kevin's opera roles include Laurie in Adamo’s Little Women and Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff with the University of Michigan, Roméo in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette with Seagle Music Colony, Albert in Britten’s Albert Herring, Camille de Rosillon in Lehar’s The Merry Widow, and Aeneas in Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas with the University of Wisconsin. Additionally, Mr. Newell has been a tenor soloist for Hayden’s Messe in tempore belli, Ariel Ramírez’s Missa Criolla, Handel’s Messiah, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah, as well as a recital of Benjamin Britten's Five Canticles. He was also a soloist on the Michael Joncas album, In the Sight of the Angels. Mr. Newell currently studies with Stephen Lusmann. Mr. Newell most recently appeared as Tom Rakewell in the University of Michigan’s production of The Rake’s Progress. He spent his summer with Chautauqua Opera as a studio artist, and has traveled to Milwaukee for the 2012-2013 Florentine Opera Studio.
Mr. Newell will perform the following mainstage roles for the Florentine Opera’s 2012-2013 Season: El Remendado in the October 2012 production of Carmen, Mr. Upfold in the March 2013 production of Albert Herring, and Don Curzio in the May production of The Marriage of Figaro.