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Carolina

Stevens

Theater maker.

Story teller.

Photo by Taya Dixon

 

The Race is a Winner!

In the fall of 2020, Opera Modesto defied the odds to premiere a new youth opera, not in the planned stage production, but as a full, cinematic film. Nineteen diverse youth performers rehearsed on Zoom, recorded their voices in a professional studio, and then filmed outdoors along the Tuolumne River, in what became my first endeavor as a film director. 

And now, this "little movie that could" has won over 50 laurels in  film festivals all around the world and is winning awards such as Best Fantasy Film & Best Children's/Family Film (Cannes World Film Festival), Best Director (Hollywood Gold Awards, Toronto Independent Film Festival of Cift), and Best Musical Film (Silk Road Film Festival, Oniros Film Festival, New York International Film Awards)

The Race will stream on demand April 9-31, 2021, and will be subtitled in over 20 languages plus ASL interpretation. We cannot wait to share it with you!

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About

Carolina Stevens is an internationally award-winning theatre artist who has worked in theatre on four continents.  Primarily a stage director, she has additional experience in stage management, playwriting, acting, singing, and arts education.  As the child of two international opera singers, Carolina has been involved in the performing arts her entire life; in fact, her first production occurred when she was only 5-years-old and starred in a one-act play version of Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute that she herself wrote, designed, cast, and helped direct.  In many ways, that experience provided the blueprint for her future career, as she has continued to do a variety of jobs in many different theatrical mediums, including straight plays, musicals, Shakespeare, opera, and Commedia dell’Arte.  Carolina graduated with honors from Southern Oregon University’s Theatre Arts department, where she focused on Directing and Stage Management with minors in German and Business Administration. In 2020, she made her film debut with the premiere of the youth opera 

The Race: An Aesop's Fables Mashup, which received international acclaim, including multiple  awards for directing at independent film festivals.

Professional highlights include directing the national orchestrated premiere of the opera Mansfield Park for Opera Modesto, which was the centerpiece of the Modesto Jane Con and inspired a county-wide literacy initiative; directing an all-female production of Romeo and Juliet at Center Stage Conservatory; stage managing the first western-style opera in the country of Nepal (Arjuna’s Dilemma by Douglas Cuomo with One World Theater); winning the prestigious Valley Talent Project talent competition; singing the Shepherd in Tannhӓuser, the first opera by Richard Wagner to be performed in the country of Albania; and her first original one-act, Buck, winning the Majestic Eight 10-Minute Play Competition.

 
 

Coming Up...

Singing a concert

Singing a concert

Photo by David Schroeder

Directing Romeo and Juliet

Directing Romeo and Juliet

Photo by Daniel Jose Medina

Directing a Fox in The Race

Directing a Fox in The Race

Photo by Roy Stevens

Directing some Bees in The Race

Directing some Bees in The Race

Photo by Roy Stevens

Directing a Tortoise in The Race

Directing a Tortoise in The Race

Photo by Roy Stevens

Stage Managing in Nepal

Stage Managing in Nepal

Photo by Eric Garrison

The Race (world premiere opera film) 

by Deborah Kavasch & Linda Bunney-Sarhad

Director

Opera Modesto,  Modesto CA

Streaming April 2021

www.operamodesto.org

From Russia with Love Concert

Co-Director

Opera Modesto,  Modesto CA

Streaming May 2021

www.operamodesto.org

Opera in the Heights Concert 

Co-Director

Opera Modesto,  Modesto CA

Streaming March 2021

www.operamodesto.org

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