Stephen Carroll

Praised for his powerful, colorful singing, Stephen Carroll recently made his principal artist debut at Virginia Opera as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni.

An avid interpreter of contemporary music, Stephen has workshopped roles for the world premieres of Clint Borzoni’s The Copper Queen, Jake Heggie’s Great Scott, and Stella Sung’s The Book Collector, and he covered Richard Croft as the tenor soloist in the premiere of Jake Heggie’s Ahab Symhony. In 2015 and 2017, he participated in Stephanie Blythe and Alan Smith’s Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar, where he worked with and performed the music of Ricky Ian Gordon and also performed works by Tom Cipullo, Libby Larsen, Jeffrey Wood, Ben Moore, and Jake Heggie. In January 2018, Stephen gave a guest performance on a recital of American music with Ms. Blythe at Merkin Hall in New York City. In September he created the role of Niobe in the premiere of Dan Visconti and Cerise Jacobs’s PermaDeath, an interactive video game opera, with White Snake Projects in Boston.

Recent operatic roles include Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor, Snout in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Harry in La fanciulla del West with Virginia Opera, Dr. Blind in Die Fledermaus, the cover of Prince Gvidon in The Golden Cockerel, and the cover of Diener 1 in Capriccio with The Santa Fe Opera, Cassio in Otello with Dayton Opera, Siegfried in Act 2 of Siegfried with Queen City Opera, Malcolm in Macbeth, First Armored Man in The Magic Flute, and Jazz Trio in Trouble in Tahiti with The Glimmerglass Festival, and Steve in A Streetcar Named Desire with Kentucky Opera. Past apprenticeships include The Santa Fe Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, Opera North, where he sang Lt. Joseph Cable in South Pacific, Sarasota Opera, and Central City Opera, where he covered Quint and the Prologue in The Turn of the Screw.

Stephen recently appeared in concert as a vocal fellow at the Ravinia Steans Music Institute. Other concert performances include the tenor solo in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Richmond Symphony, Nicolas in Britten’s St. Nicolas cantata with the Williamsport Chamber Choir, the tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Rochester Chamber Orchestra and the Dayton Philharmonic, the tenor soloist in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, and Sultan Achmet and the Alchemist in Candide with the Boston Symphony Orchestra while a Vocal Fellow with the Tanglewood Music Center. Concert highlights from Stephen’s education include Stravinsky’s Les noces and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde.

Stephen holds an artist diploma from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, a master’s degree from University of North Texas, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware.

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Current & Upcoming Performances

Ravinia Off-Season Concert Tour
Ravinia Festival
Chicago, IL
Bennett Gordon Hall

Past Performances

Americana: Then and Now
Cincinnati Song Initiative
Cincinnati, OH
Willis Music Kenwood Steinway Gallery
Rachmaninoff Vespers
South Dakota Chorale (Grammy Nominated)
Sioux City, SD
Cathedral of St Joseph
Rachmaninoff Vespers
South Dakota Chorale (Grammy Nominated)
Sioux City, IA
Cathedral of the Epiphany
Don Giovanni​
Don Ottavio
Virginia Opera ​
Norfolk, Fairfax & Richmond, VA
White Snake Projects
Boston, MA
Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre
Ravinia Festival
Vocal Fellow
Chicago, IL
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor
Richmond Symphony
Richmond, VA
Festival of the River
The Copper Queen Workshop Presentation Theodore
Arizona Opera
New York, NY
Opera America, Marc A. Scorca Hall

“Don Ottavio is a deceptively difficult role. Tenor Stephen Carroll handles the vocal demands with ease, beauty, control, and a soaring legato, especially during his aria “Il mio tesoro.””

Rebecca Evans

“Stephen Carroll rounded out the gender-swapped cast in the role of Niobe, his clear, ringing tenor giving voice to the character’s vengeance.”

Aaron Keebaugh

Boston Classical Review

“…In short order the powerful tenor of Normanno (Stephen Carroll)… stood out with distinction.”

Andy Garrigue

“Bille Bruley as Flute and Stephen Carroll as Snout steal scenes with their overachieving personalities. As a group, the rustics suggest both Monty Python and Gilbert and Sullivan, bringing much joy and overt silliness to the production.”

Andy Garrigue

“Firm, colorful singing came from… Stephen Carroll (Harry)”

Tim Smith

Opera News

“The fine tenor Stephen Carroll”

Music for All Season Cincinnati

“Stephen Carroll as Owen’s school chum Lechmere blended unbridled enthusiasm (he is gung-ho military) with a lovely tenor voice.”

Music Cincinnati

“Stephen Carroll communicated the role of Wingrave’s friend Lechmere with the right amount of enthusiasm and awkwardness.”

“Stephen Carroll is particularly fine as Lieutenant Cable, the young man wrestling with his love for Liat.”

V News

“Still, the most vocally rewarding parts were the two male leads… Tenor Stephen Carroll, a graduate student and member of the Young Artists, delivered a solid dramatic but vocally outstanding performance as the conflicted Lt. Joseph Cable.”