Mr. Calvert is currently the Resident Stage Director at Opera Carolina, one of the oldest and most respected professional opera companies in the Southeast. Since joining the staff in April 1999 as Artistic Administrator & Executive Assistant to the General Director, he has performed a number of administrative and artistic duties for the company, including collaborating with General Director James Meena on season planning and casting. He has also created/coordinated the projected English translations, or supertitles, for numerous Opera Carolina mainstage productions including Der Rosenkavalier and Cold Sassy Tree, as well as for Piedmont Opera Theatre's production of Rigoletto. In 2002, Mr. Calvert staged Barab's children's opera Little Red Riding Hood for the company's Opera Express touring program. In 2003-04, he directed Opera Express' Pinocchio and Opera Carolina's Amahl & the Night Visitors, as well as serving as Assistant Director for Nabucco (under Marc Verzatt), Porgy & Bess (under Jay Lesenger), La bohème (under Linda Brovsky) and Lucia di Lammermoor (under Stephanie Sundine). After assistant directing Susannah and The Fiddler on the Roof for Chautauqua Opera, Mr. Calvert returned to Opera Carolina in 2004-05 to assist on Macbeth (under Lesenger) and Samson et Dalila (under Bernard Uzan). He also directed Opera Express' The Billy Goats Gruff and Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) for and Piedmont Opera Theatre.
Equally at home in the world of straight theatre, Mr. Calvert is a founding member and the Associate Artistic Director of the BareBones Theatre Group. This critically acclaimed, non-profit theatre organization was named 2002-2003 Company of the Year in the Charlotte Theatre Awards. In his various capacities as an actor, director, designer, and administrator for BBTG, Mr. Calvert has helmed productions of Corneille's The Illusion, adapted by Tony Kushner (nominated for five Charlotte Theatre Awards including Best Comedy, Best Director of a Comedy, and Outstanding Technical Achievement); Patrick Marber's Closer (CTA nominee: Best Director, Drama); Jeffrey Hatcher's adaptation of The Turn of the Screw (CTA nominee: Best Drama; Best Actor, Drama); and David Mamet's Sexual Perversity in Chicago. Since his BBTG debut in Mamet's Squirrels, he has been active in the Charlotte fringe theatre scene. Some of his local credits, particularly in the realm of new and original work, include the title role in Stan Peal's Coffee of the Gods (Off-Tryon Short Play Slam), directing Angel Cream and performing in St. Valentine's Day Massacre for the BBTG 15-Minute Playfest, and appearing in Jon Tuttle's Drift and Terry Roueche's Ugly Art on the BareBones mainstage. In the winter of 2002, Mr. Calvert was part of the team that organized BBTG's move into its current home, the new SouthEnd Performing Arts Center. In the fall of 2003, he directed and designed Carl Sternheim's The Underpants (adapted by Steve Martin) for BBTG (nominated for 5 Metrolina Theatre Association awards including Best Director and Best Comedy). Mr. Calvert returned to BBTG in the spring of 2005 to direct and design David Hare's The Blue Room.
Mr. Calvert studied music and theatre at Queens University of Charlotte, where he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelors Degree in Music. A member of the Alpha Psi Omega (drama), Delta Omicron (music), and Mortar Board (academic) national honor societies, Mr. Calvert's honors thesis work culminated in the direction, design, and performance of a the new one-man, one-act opera Diary of a Madman, composed by Juilliard School professor Michael White, for which he received the Hugh McColl, Jr. Award for Highest Achievement. A native of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Mr. Calvert currently makes his home in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Opera Carolina Performances:
Don Giovanni (2007–2008)