Enjoying a 25-year career as a stage performer, Dean Anthony has quickly established himself as a stage director on the operatic scene with his gritty and physical productions of Tosca at Florentine Opera, Anton Coppola’s Sacco and Vanzetti with Opera Tampa, Manon Lescaut at Shreveport Opera, and Man of La Mancha, Sweeney Todd, La tragédie de Carmen, and Hansel and Gretel with Augusta Opera.
For three seasons Mr. Anthony has been the Resident Stage Director and Director of Production for Shreveport Opera where he produced and directed Man of La Mancha, La bohème, The Merry Widow, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, La tragédie de Carmen, Amahl and the Night Visitors, and The Fantasticks. Additional directing credits include The Barber of Seville and The Merry Widow at Opera on the James, The Marriage of Figaro, Carmen, and Rigoletto at St. Petersburg Opera and The Merry Widow at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He was the Artistic and Producing Director of the newly formed Diamond Opera Theater in upstate New York for two seasons directing The Medium, The Face on the Barroom Floor, and several cabarets.
Upcoming engagements include collaboration with Fort Worth Opera Festival’s new production of Glory Denied by Tom Cipullo. He will also return to Florentine Opera for Carmen, Opera on the James for The Magic Flute and Shreveport Opera for I Pagliacci. In 2008 he joined David Gatley as the Assistant Director of the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center specializing in acting and movement. His productions at Brevard included HMS Pinafore, Suor Angelica, Tintypes, The Threepenny Opera, Elixir of Love and choreography for Die Fledermaus, The Mikado, Tales of Hoffman, and La Traviata.
Mr. Anthony’s one-of-a-kind masterclass series based on movement, acting, and stage-craft for singers has lead him to Nashville Opera, Florentine Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Minnesota Opera, Virginia Opera, Shreveport Opera, Festival Lyrique de Belle Ile en Mer, SUNY Ferdonia, University of Texas, Texas State University, University of Wisconsin Green Bay, Centenary College, Brevard Music Center, Astonia Music Festival and Central Methodist University.
As a character tenor, Mr. Anthony was often referred to as “The Tumbling Tenor”. He created over 90 roles and appeared with over 50 opera companies throughout North America and Europe. He was highly praised as a character artist for his vocal, dramatic, physical and acrobatic abilities. He recently and most notably performed as Mime in Das Rheingold with the Indianapolis Opera and Symphony, Spoletta in Tosca with Baltimore Opera, 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, 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, Howard Boucher in Dean Man Walking with Michigan Opera Theater, Nick in La Fanciulla Del West with Florida Grand Opera, Monostatos 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, Orlando Opera, Opera Carolina and Florentine Opera, Pong in Turandot with Nashville Opera, 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 Zambello’s Street Scene on Image Entertainment.