Dean Anthony

Stage Director

Enjoying a 25-year career as a stage performer, Dean Anthony has quickly established himself as a dynamic Stage Director on the operatic scene with his gritty and physical stage productions. In the 2012-2013 season, Mr. Anthony will debut at Carnegie Hall to direct Anton Coppola’s Sacco and Vanzetti with Opera Orchestra of New York featuring Marcello Giordanni, and Glory Deniedby Tom Cipullo at Ft. Worth Opera Festival. He returns to Florentine Opera forCarmen, Sweeney Todd at St. Petersburg Opera, I Pagliacci at Shreveport Opera, The Magic Flute at Opera on the James, and Trouble in Tahiti at the University of Kansas. In the summer of 2013 Mr. Anthony begins his new appointment as Director of Opera at the Brevard Music Center, Janiec Opera Company. A member of the Faculty since 2008, his past productions includedThe Threepenny Opera, Elizer of Love, Suor Angelica, Tintypes, and HMS Pinafore. He was also choreographer for Die Fledermaus, The Mikado, Tales of Hoffman, and La Traviata. His productions for the Brevard 2013 season include The Merry Widow, La Tragèdie de Carmen, and Falstaff. Recent productions include Madama Butterfly with Syracuse Opera, Tosca at Florentine Opera, Anton Coppola’s Sacco and Vanzetti with Opera Tampa,Marriage of Figaro, Carmen, and Rigoletto at the St. Petersburg Opera, The Merry Widow and Barber of Seville at Opera on the James, and Man of la Mancha, Sweeney Todd, La Tragedie de Carmen, and Hansel and Gretel with Augusta Opera. From 2009-2012 Mr. Anthony was the Resident Stage Director & Director of Production at Shreveport Opera where he directed Don Giovanni, Man of La Mancha, Le Bohème, Manon Lescaut, The Merry Widow, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, La Tragedie de Carmen, Amahl and the Night Visitors,and The Fantasticks. Prior to Shreveport, he was the Artistic Director of the newly formed Diamond Opera Theater in upstate New York for two seasons producing and directing The Medium and The Face on the Barroom Floor. His unique one-of-a-kind Master Class series based on Movement and Acting for Singers has lead him to Nashvlle Opera, Florentine Opera, Virginia Opera, Shreveport Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, Festival Lyrique de Belle Ile en Mer, Brevard Music Center, Texas State University, Astonia Music Festival, University of Wisconsin Green Bay, University of Kansas, University of Minnesota Duluth, and Central Methodist College.


As a character Tenor, Mr. Anthony was often referred to as “The Tumbling Tenor”; He created over 100 roles and was highly praised as a character artist for his vocal, dramatic, physical and acrobatic abilities. In particular demand were his portrayals of the roles Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Little Bat in Susanna, Curley in Of Mice and Men, the Witch in Hansel and Gretel, Pong in Turandot, Bardolfo in Falstaff, Beppe in I Pagliacci, Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Sancho in Man of la Mancha, Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Brigella and Tanzmeister in Ariadne auf Naxos, Njegus in The Merry Widow, The four Servants in Les Contes D’Hoffmann, and Goro in Madama Butterfly . He is and has been a frequent guest with companies across North America including L’Opera de Montreal, San Francisco Opera, New York City Opera, Baltimore Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Vancouver Opera, Florentine Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Arizona Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Nashville Opera and Opera Carolina. As Daniel Buchanan in the acclaimed production of Street Scene, which was televised worldwide, Mr. Anthony made his European debut with Theater im Pfalzbau in Ludwigshafen, Germany, with subsequent performances in Berlin at Theater des Westens. Other television appearances include broadcasts of An Evening of Gilbert and Sullivan with the Boston Pops, and the world premiere of Robert Greenleaf’s Under the Arbor, both on PBS. Mr. Anthony recently and most notably performed as Mime in Das Rheingold with the Indianapolis Opera and Symphony, Spoletta in Tosca with Baltimore Opera, Goro in Madama Butterfly, Lutz in Student Prince, and a production of L’enfant et les Sortilège as Teapot, Tree Frog, and the Old Man with The Nashville Opera, L’Imperator Altum in Turandot at San Francisco Opera, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Princeton Festival, Utah Symphony & Opera, Florentine Opera, and as a guest artist at Yale School of Music, Curley in Of Mice and Men with Vancouver Opera, Arizona Opera, and Orlando Opera, the servants in Les Contes D’Hoffmann with Palm Beach Opera, Virginia Opera, and Orlando Opera, Edmundo, Dance Master, and the Lamplighter in Manon Lescaut also with Palm Beach Opera, Howard Boucher in Dead Man Walkingwith Michigan Opera Theater, Valzacchi in Der Rosenkavalier with Opera Carolina, Voltaire, Pangloss, and the Governor in CANDIDE and Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Lake George Opera, 1st Officer/Sandy in Peter Maxwell Davies The Lighthouse in Nashville, Nick in La Fanciulla del West with Florida Grand Opera, Monstatos in Die Zauberflöte with New York City Opera, Opera Carolina, New Orleans Opera, and Michigan Opera Theater, Bardolfo in Falstaff with Opera Omaha, New Orleans Opera, Opera Carolina and Florentine Opera, Pong in Turandot with Nashville, Opera Omaha, Orlando Opera, Columbus Opera, and Indianapolis Opera. Mr. Anthony can be heard on NAXOS as Kaspar on the Grammy® nominated recording of Amahl and the Night Visitors, and seen as Danny Buchanan in Francesca Zambelo’s Street Scene on Image Entertainment.