Stephen Carr is an American stage director, performer, and educator whose work in the world of opera, music theatre, and operetta has taken him across the United States, Europe, and Asia.
This season, he returned to Korea to mount an all-new production of La Bohème for Daejeon Opera which Auditorium hailed as "A significant milestone... A futuristic staging that remains grounded in realism, bringing both a new sense of intimacy and an unfamiliar strangeness to the piece. It breathes new vitality into this well-known storyline.”
Other recent international productions include Turandot at the Seoul Arts Center under the baton of Maestro Julian Kovatchev, Le Nozze di Figaro with Maestro Shao-Chia Lü, and Tosca with Maestro John Fiore and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. For Daegu Opera, he led an international cast of conservatory students in an all-new production of Così fan tutte, featuring young artists from the conservatories of Vienna, Stuttgart, Milan, and Shanghai. Other overseas productions have included Japanese translations of Company, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Little Shop of Horrors in Tokyo. His additional credits include past engagements with the Washington National Opera, Seoul Arts Center, Daegu Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Opera North, Opera Naples, Ohio Light Opera, Eastman Opera Theatre, and Center City Opera of Philadelphia.
As a member of Actor’s Equity, Stephen's performance credits include New York, touring, and regional productions of Ragtime, Cabaret (London), Jesus Christ Superstar (European Tour), and The Scarlet Pimpernel. He can be heard on recordings for the Newport Classics label. Stephen is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music (BM Voice, MM Stage Directing), the Royal Academy of Music, London (PGD Musical Theatre, LRAM), and the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program of the Washington National Opera.
Stephen is currently an Associate Professor of Opera and Musical Theatre Studies at the Eastman School of Music, as well as Associate Artistic Director of Eastman Opera Theatre. His recent productions at Eastman have included Les Dialogues des Carmélites, which was awarded the American Prize for Stage Directing, and Into the Fire, a collection of the chamber works of Jake Heggie, programmed in collaboration with the composer. He has served on the faculty of the Interlochen Summer Arts Institute and is currently a Visiting Professor of Musical Theatre at the Senzoku Gakuen Conservatory of Music in Tokyo, where he helped to create one of the few successful undergraduate musical theatre programs in Asia.