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Stage Director

Candace Evans makes her directorial debut with OSJ in the company’s 2017-18 production of Puccini’s La rondine. Recent engagements for Ms. Evans include directing Richard Strauss’ Salome for Opera San Antonio, an abridged version of Catalani’s La Wally for Dallas Opera in tandem with
the world premiere, Everest,  Three Decembers for the Fort Worth Opera Festival, and her new production of Rossini’s The Italian Girl in Algiers for Opera Southwest.

Ms. Evans was recently honored by the legendary Teatro Colón, when her production of La Viuda Alegre was voted in the top three operas of the season by the Argentinian National Music Critics Association.
Her directing of Bizet’s Carmen and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin for Madison Opera, as well as Lehar’s Merry Widow for Dallas Opera, also received critical acclaim.

Ms. Evans was trained as an opera singer, danced with the Wisconsin Ballet Company, and toured
the world as a stage actor; a combination which gives her a unique ability to understand the
disciplines essential to artistic success. Her focus on clear and supportive communication to singers
uses an integration of voice, mind and body to release a performance of true emotional and physical

Relocating to Dallas from New York City, Ms. Evans taught for the theatre/music departments at
Southern Methodist University from 1994‐2000. She now lectures nationally, with an essential
component of her work including the use of neutral and character masks to encourage physical
connection for opera singers.

For more information, please visit Ms. Evan’s website.