Stephen Carr

Associate Professor of Opera and Musical Theatre Studies

Associate Artistic 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. A member of Actor’s Equity, his performance credits include 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.

His work as a stage director has included engagements with Palm Beach Opera, Washington National Opera, Opera North, Opera Naples, Ohio Light Opera, Center City Opera of Philadelphia, and Eastman Opera Theatre. His recent overseas productions include Japanese translations of CompanyThoroughly Modern Millie, and Little Shop of Horrors. 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, 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.” This season, he made his Korean debut with an all-new production of Così fan tutte for Daegu Opera. While in residence in South Korea for the Opera Universiade program, he worked with an international cast of conservatory students, including young artists from the conservatories of Vienna, Stuttgart, Milano, and Shanghai.

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.