Opera Modesto is pleased to announce its new General & Artistic Director: Roy Stevens
Modesto, California – October 5, 2018
Roy Stevens is a Modesto native and has been an international opera singer since his 1987 professional debut in Italy. His career includes leading performance in theaters and with symphony orchestras in over 20 countries, on 5 continents and in 14 languages; from the national theaters of Taiwan, Columbia and Guatemala to Milano’s famed Teatro Alla Scala. He has progressively moved towards active roles as Producer, Organizer and Casting Director, leading major international operatic productions in Albania, Panama and Nepal, as well as organizing other large scale events.
Roy and his wife, Annalisa Winberg, are also very proud of their work as inspirational performing arts/opera based educators through their AmazingVox School Residencies. They have had the privilege to touch the educational lives of more than a half a million young Americans.
Throughout his international career, Roy returned home to appear with Opera Modesto, formerly Townsend Opera, with six appearances from 1985 to 2018. Since January 2018, he has assisted the opera company, pro bono, as Artistic Consultant/Acting General Director helping in the turnaround of Opera Modesto’s fortunes.
In addition, he led the re-establishment of the educational programs, creating the first annual Summer Opera Institute, an intense and highly successful training program for 25 regional teens, 13-18. As he moves into the position of General & Artistic Director of Opera Modesto, he looks forward to continuing to fulfill Buck Townsend’s dream of high quality opera in Modesto and the Central Valley, now in its 35th season.
About Opera Modesto: Founded in 1983 by Modesto native and international opera star Buck Townsend, Opera Modesto has become known for bringing nationally and internationally ranked singers and opera productions to Central Valley audiences. Opera Modesto is equally dedicated to enabling the finest local talent to share the stage with opera’s stars, as well as nurturing the next generation of singers through its TOP Young Artists programs including the Kristina Townsend Memorial Competition and Summer Opera Institute for young singers.
Georges Bizet’s Carmen
On May 3rd and 5th, 2019, the 35th season will conclude with a fully staged production of Georges Bizet’s Carmen in the Gallo Center’s Rogers Theater. This well-known opera, with its tale of passion gone wild, is filled with memorable melodies and Bizet’s glorious orchestrations. You are sure to leave the theater humming its unforgettable tunes.
Pre-show lecture 6:30pm, curtain 7:30pm, May 3rd, 2019
Pre-show lecture 1:00pm, curtain 2:00pm, May 5th, 2019
Gallo Center for the Arts, Modesto CA
Tickets are available