Robert Neu - CEO and Co-Founder

Robert Neu, known for his highly theatrical and musically sensitive work, has directed more than eighty productions of operas, musicals and plays throughout the country. 

A pioneer in the field of semi-staged operas with symphony orchestras, Neu has worked closely with the Minnesota Orchestra presenting acclaimed productions ofCandide, Fidelio, Hansel and Gretel (which has been revived three times), Tosca, Carmen, Peer Gynt (which he also co-adapted), La Boheme, La Traviata, Bernstein’s Mass, The Magic Flute, Die Fledermaus and Carousel.  For the Colorado Symphony, he has directed Tosca and The Music Man.  Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops audiences have seen his productions of The Music Man, The Magic Flute, Peer Gynt and The Sound of Music.

His fully-staged productions include Cosi fan tutte with Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, La Boheme with West Virginia Opera, Trouble in Tahiti for the Minneapolis Fringe Festival, and The Marriage of Figaro for Bellevue Opera.  Over the past decade, Neu has established an on-going relationship with Skylark Opera for which he has directed a wide variety of operettas, operas and musicals including Naughty Marietta, Don Pasquale, The Merry Widow, On the Town, Wonderful Town, The Fantasticks, Candide and Putting It Together.  Also an audience favorite with Lyric Opera of the North, he has directed its productions of Don Pasquale, The Face on the Barroom Floor, Carmen and The Barber of Seville.  Additional work seen at numerous theaters throughout the Minneapolis region includes Oliver, The Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof, Patience, Becky’s New Car, Death of a Salesman, Art, Godspell, Blithe Spirit and The Laramie Project.

During the 2015-16 season, Neu made his debuts with Central City Opera/Boulder Philharmonic in a highly-acclaimed staging of St. Matthew Passion, and with the Gulf Coast Symphony with a production of La Boheme.  Upcoming engagements include his debuts with Emerald City Opera for Florencia en el Amazonas and with Jacksonville Symphony for a remounting of Hansel and Gretel, and return engagements with the Colorado Symphony for La Boheme and St. Matthew Passion.  Of particular note is a site-specific production of The Marriage of Figaro performed in the James J. Hill House in St. Paul, Minnesota.  In addition, Neu has recently been named Interim Artistic Director of Skylark Opera.

In the past ten years, nine of Neu’s productions have received “Best of the Season” citations from various media including Minneapolis Star Tribune, Cincinnati Post, St. Paul Pioneer Press and Minnesota Public Radio.  His production of The Laramie Project received awards for Best Ensemble and Outstanding Theater Event of the 2014 season from Broadway World.

Neu teaches masterclasses in audition techniques for the University of Minnesota’s opera department, and he is a Resident Director at Lyric Arts Theater in Minneapolis.  He is a graduate of The Juilliard School.  More at