Stephen Carr Head Shot March 2015 for Web

Stephen Carr

Assistant Professor of Opera

Assistant Director of Eastman Opera Theatre



Stephen Carr’s work in the world of opera, musical theatre, and operetta has taken him across the United States, Europe, and Asia.

He was trained at the Eastman School of Music, receiving both a BM in Voice Performance and MM in Stage Directing. He continued his studies in London at the Royal Academy of Music, earning two additional post-graduate degrees in Musical Theatre. At the invitation of Plácido Domingo, he joined the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program as the only Young Artist stage director in 2007.

A member of Actor’s Equity, Carr’s performance credits include New York, regional, and international productions of RagtimeCabaret (Jack Lyons Theatre, London), Jesus Christ Superstar (European Tour), and The Scarlet Pimpernel, as well as numerous cabaret and concert hall performances throughout the Tokyo metropolitan area. He can be heard on recordings for the Newport Classics label.

His work as a stage director has encompassed nearly all genres of lyric theatre, from Broadway musicals to grand opera, with companies including Palm Beach Opera, Washington National Opera, Mercury Opera Rochester, Opera North, Ohio Light Opera, Center City Opera of Philadelphia, and Eastman Opera Theatre.  His recent productions include Japanese translations of CompanyThoroughly Modern Millie, and Little Shop of Horrors. In his first year on the Eastman faculty, he made his directorial debut with Bock and Harnick’s She Loves Me, followed by Francis Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, which the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle hailed as “nothing short of masterful, from conception to execution.”

Stephen has served on the faculty of the Interlochen Summer Arts Institute, as both a member of the Voice faculty and Artistic Director of the Operetta program. He also currently serves as Visiting Professor of Musical Theatre at the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music in Japan, where he has helped to build one of the few successful undergraduate musical theatre programs in Asia.