Stephen Carr

Associate Professor of Opera and Musical Theatre Studies

Associate Artistic Director of Eastman Opera Theatre




Last season, Stephen Carr returned to the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra for Turandot under the baton of Maestro Julian Kovatchev, and Le Nozze di Figaro with Maestro Shao-Chia Lü. While in Korean residence for Daegu Opera’s Universiade program, 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 recent overseas productions include Japanese translations of CompanyThoroughly Modern Millie, and Little Shop of Horrorsin Tokyo. Carr’s additional stage directing credits include past 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 fall, he will return to Korea to direct an all-new production of La Bohème for Daejeon Opera.

Since joining the Eastman faculty in 2013, he has directed Eastman Opera Theatre’s She Loves Me, Albert Herring, Suor Angelica,Mese Mariano, The Turn of the Screw, The Light in the Piazza, 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 helps continue to build one of the few successful undergraduate musical theatre programs in Asia.