Enjoying a 25-plus year career as a stage performer, Dean 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. Mr. Anthony has quickly established himself as a dynamic Stage Director and Teacher on the operatic scene with his energetic, gritty and physical style of work. This fall he joined the Faculty at the University of Memphis as Opera Stage Director, he will also direct and PIRATES OF PENZANCE with Nashville Opera, CARMEN with the Pacific Symphony, LA BOHEME at Pensacola Opera, and RIGOLETTO and THE BALLAD OF BABY DOE with the Janiec Opera Company at Brevard Music Center. He will also collaborated as the Stage Director with the Center of Contemporary Opera on the new opera FALLING ANGEL by J. Mark Scearce with workshops in New York City and Brevard.
Recently he directed CARMEN with Tulsa Opera and Pensacola Opera, GLORY DENIED by Tom Cipullo with Ft. Worth Opera Festival, CARMEN with Florentine Opera, ELIXIR OF LOVE with Opera Delaware, BARBER OF SEVILLE with Opera Naples, FALSTAFF with Winter Opera of St. Louis, SWEENEY TODD with St. Petersburg Opera, I PAGLIACCI with Shreveport Opera, THE MAGIC FLUTE with Opera on the James, and TROUBLE IN TAHITI & ARIAS AND BARCAROLLES at the University of Kansas. Other productions include MADAMA BUTTERFLY with Syracuse Opera, TOSCA with Florentine Opera, Anton Coppola’s SACCO AND VANZETTI with Opera Tampa, MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, CARMEN and RIGOLETTO with St. Petersburg Opera, THE MERRY WIDOW and BARBER OF SEVILLE with Opera on the James, and MAN OF LA MANCHA, SWEENEY TODD, LA TRAGEDIE DE CARMEN, and HANSEL AND GRETEL with Augusta Opera.
In the summer of 2013 Mr. Anthony began his new appointment as Director of Opera with the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center. A member of the Faculty at Brevard since 2008, His productions include THE MERRY WIDOW, FALSTAFF, ALBERT HERRING, SWEENEY TODD, THE THREEPENNY OPERA, ELIXIR OF LOVE, SUOR ANGELICA, TINTYPES, HMS PINAFORE, a Workshop of Robert Aldridge’s new opera SISTER CARRIE, and the world premiere of the new opera, SPEED DATING TONIGHT! Conceived by Mr. Anthony, with words and music by Michael Ching.
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, LA BOHEME, MANON LESCAUT, THE MERRY WIDOW, TOSCA, MADAMA BUTTERFLY, LA TRAGEDIE DE CARMEN, AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS, and THE FANTASTICKS.