Candace Evans is a director and choreographer known for clarity of storytelling, praised by Opera News for her “flawless sense of timing.” Through the interplay of music, movement and text, she brings stories to life and audiences to their feet. Her work has been praised internationally, and her new production of Akhnaten has been selected by Philip Glass for release by his organization as a definitive DVD. Her career spans the direction and choreography of over ninety operas, musicals, plays and ballets.
Passionate about blending the arts to enhance audience expectations about opera as a full theatrical experience, she is known for her probing dramatic productions of traditional repertoire, as well as her innovative new productions. Ms. Evans’ production of Salome for the inaugural season of Opera San Antonio featured Patricia Racette in the title role debut. Following that, she developed an abridged version of La Wally for Dallas Opera in tandem with the world premiere of Joby Talbot’s Everest. Reviewed by Opera News, her interpretation of Three Decembers for the Fort Worth Opera Festival spoke of "bringing characters vividly to life” and her new production of L’Italiana in Algeri for Opera Southwest was described as “riveting and effervescent.”
Candace was 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. Acclaimed among Top Ten classical music events were her Carmen and Eugene Onegin for Madison Opera, as well as the Merry Widow for Dallas Opera, where she was asked to return to direct Don Pasquale for their inaugural season at the Winspear Opera House.
Among Ms. Evan’s other past engagements are the opera companies of Santa Fe, Arizona, Palm Beach, North Carolina, Knoxville, Grand Rapids and Indianapolis, as well as Florentine Opera and Indiana University. Her past summers have been spent in Italy, where she will return to direct for the opening of the newly renovated Teatro Petrarca.
Ms. Evans was trained as an opera singer, danced with the Wisconsin Ballet Company, toured the world as a stage actor and has an MFA in classical theatre/direction; 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 freedom.
Relocating to Dallas from New York City, Ms. Evans taught for the theatre/music departments at Southern Methodist University from 1994-2000. In addition to her active directing career, 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.