Stephen Carr

Associate Professor of Opera and Musical Theatre Studies

Associate Artistic Director of Eastman Opera Theatre




Stephen Carr’s stage directing credits include engagements with the Washington National Opera, Seoul Arts Center, Daegu Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Opera North, Opera Naples, Ohio Light Opera, Center City Opera of Philadelphia, and Eastman Opera Theatre. This season he made his Korean debut with an all-new production of Così fan tutte, followed by Turandot with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and Maestro Julian Kovatchev. While in Korean residence for the Opera Universiade program, he worked with an international cast of conservatory students, including young artists from the conservatories of Vienna, Stuttgart, Milan, and Shanghai. Other recent overseas productions include Japanese translations of CompanyThoroughly Modern Millie, and Little Shop of Horrors in Tokyo. Since joining the Eastman faculty in 2013, he has directed Eastman Opera Theatre’s She Loves MeAlbert HerringSuor Angelica, Mese Mariano, The Turn of the Screw, L’Incoronazione di Poppea, and Into the Fire, a collection of the chamber works of Jake Heggie, programmed in collaboration with the composer. His production of Francis Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites was awarded the American Prize for Stage Directing, and was hailed by the Democrat and Chronicle as “nothing short of masterful, from conception to execution.”

A member of Actor’s Equity, Carr’s performance credits have included New York, regional, and international productions of RagtimeCabaret (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. Carr is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music (BM Voice, MM Stage Directing), The Royal Academy of Music in London (PGD Musical Theatre, LRAM), and the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. He has served on the faculty of the Interlochen Arts Institute as both a member of the Voice Faculty and Artistic Director of the Operetta Program. Currently a Visiting Professor of Musical Theatre at the Senzoku Gakuen Conservatory in Tokyo, he has helped to build one of the few successful undergraduate musical theatre programs in Asia.