Opera Star Dean Anthony to Work with CMU Students
Two sessions open to the public
Dean Anthony, stage and opera performer and director, will bring 25 years of knowledge and skills to a weekend of activities for music and theatre students at Central Methodist University in Fayette on Friday, Sept. 20 and Saturday, Sept. 21.
Two sessions will be open to the public. In the first, Anthony will discuss his career and the profession of performing and directing. This will run from 7-8 p.m. on Friday (Sept. 20) in the Willie Mae Kountz Recital Hall.
Following a break after his discussion, Anthony will coach CMU vocal major students with aria auditions. This second session is also open to the public in the Recital Hall. Both of these events are free to the public.
In addition to the open sessions, Anthony will work with theatre students on staging and coaching monologues for an acting class and doing an audition master class for opera students.
Anthony graduated from Central Methodist University (then College) with a Bachelor of Music in performance in 1986. He began his professional opera career as a stage performer. His vocal, dramatic, physical and acrobatic abilities led to his being dubbed "The Tumbling Tenor."
His worldwide performances ran the gamut of styles and settings and included such works as A Midsummer Night's Dream, Of Mice and Men, Hansel and Gretel, Man of La Mancha, Die Fledermaus, and Madama Butterfly.
As the resident stage director and director of production at Shreveport (La.) Opera, he directed and produced gems that included Don Giovanni, La Boheme, Manon Lescaut, Tosca, Amahl and the Night Visitors, and The Fantasticks.
In the 2012-13 season, Anthony was lauded for his excellent direction of the gritty new opera Glory Denied by Tom Cipullo at the Fort Worth Opera Festival.
This season he will be directing Carmen at Tulsa and Pensacola, Elixir of Love in Delaware, Barber of Seville in Naples, and Falstaff in St. Louis. He will also return to Brevard Music Center as the director of the Janiec Opera Company and also will join the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis as the opera director.
Posted September 10, 2013