Praised for his powerful, colorful singing, Stephen Carroll just completed a full season at Virginia Opera, where he sang First Philistine in Samson et Dalila, Harry in La fanciulla del West, Snout in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor.
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 Dr. Blind in Die Fledermaus, the cover of Prince Gvidon in The Golden Cockerel, and the cover of Diener 1 in Capriccio with 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.