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STUDIO DIRECTOR & OPERA BARITONE
Anthony Michael Frederick Moore
b. 1957, Grays, Essex, England
Grammy-nominated Baritone Anthony Michaels-Moore was the first British winner of the Luciano Pavarotti Competition (1985) and has since performed in all of the world’s major opera houses including Wiener Staatsoper, Teatro alla Scala, Opéra National de Paris, Théâtre du Châtelet, Théatre des Champs Elysées, Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse, Bayerische Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Staatsoper Berlin, Opernhaus Zürich, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Grand Théâtre de Genève, La Monnaie, and Teatro Real in Madrid. His home theatre for over fifteen years was the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where his performances in leading roles totals more than 300. Opera News has praised Anthony with having "one of the most the most gorgeous voices on the stage today. ...His sound has a real presence and its honeyed opulence dominated every scene in which he appeared." Equally in demand in North America, Mr. Michaels-Moore has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Opéra de Montréal, the historic Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, and numerous others.
In a performing career spanning 30 years Anthony has distinguished himself as a specialist in Verdi and Puccini roles, most renowned for his portrayals of Rigoletto, Falstaff, Simon Boccanegra, Iago in Otello, Germont in La traviata, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, and Scarpia in Tosca.
Schedule highlights in recent seasons have included 2 world premiere operas, plus numerous house and role debuts. Most notably, in the Spring of 2015 Anthony made an exciting return to Teatro alla Scala, starring in the world premiere of Giorgio Battistelli's C02 based on Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth. Michaels-Moore earned high praise in the main role of climatologist Dr. David Adamson in a production directed by Robert Carsen. Wrote Mundoclasico, "una voz de importancia, de sólida técnica... Se mueve con gran distinción sin ser ‘frío’, y, primera vez que lo oigo cantar en su lengua materna, tiene una dicción y articulación del inglés que tiene un valor agregado incalculable." The Summer of 2015 saw Michaels-Moore in another highly-anticipated world premiere at the Santa Fe Opera: Cold Mountain by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon. In the Spring of 2016 Anthony reprised his roles in Cold Mountain in his House Debut with Opera Philadelphia.
Anthony's most recent house debuts include Nederlandse Reisopera (La Traviata, 2017), Lyric Opera of Kansas City (La traviata, 2015 ), Los Angeles Opera (Billy Budd, 2014), Theatro Municipal São Paulo (Aida, 2013), Teatro dell'Opera di Roma (Curlew River, 2013), Oper Leipzig (Nabucco, 2013), Korean National Opera (Falstaff, 2013), Oper Köln (Tosca, 2012), Sugi Opera (Tosca, 2012), Veroza Japan (Madama Butterfly, 2012), Valencia's La Palau de la Musica (Les Dialogues des Carmelites, 2011), Opernhaus Zürich (Falstaff, 2011), Opéra de Montréal (Rigoletto, 2010), and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées (Falstaff, 2010).
In 1995 Anthony was honoured with the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award, the highest recognition for live classical music making in the United Kingdom. His most recent CD recording, Songs of the Sea, Songs of Travel, has been hailed by Classical Source as "A perfect gem sensitively performed..." It is available for purchase and digital download through all fine major music sources. Mr. Michaels-Moore’s discography also includes recordings for Deutsche Grammophon (Carmina Burana), Sony (La Vestale, Lucia di Lammermoor), Teldec (Fairy Queen), Conifer (The Puccini Experience), Opera Rara (Mercadante’s Orazi e Curiazi), LSO Live (Peter Grimes), Philips (Yeoman of the Guard, Aroldo), BMG (La Favorite, Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater), Decca (Falstaff), and Chandos (A Masked Ball).
In addition to a BA in Music from Newcastle Upon Tyne University and a Mmus/MA in Opera from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, he holds a Postgraduate Certificate of Education. Anthony is also an avid road cyclist. He currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.A.
Members of the studio will have the opportunity to study and prepare song, oratorio, musical theatre, and developmentally appropriate operatic repertoire in a variety of languages including English, Spanish, French, German and Italian.
Students will also focus on healthy vocal production, classical vocal technique, diction, stylistic awareness, and the principles of voice science. Performance presentation, sight-singing and piano skills will also be addressed and developed.
Anthony Michaels-Moore has been involved in the field of Opera for over 30 years, since being the first British winner of the Luciano Pavarotti Competition in 1985. He has had the privilege to sing principal baritone roles at the highest level throughout his career, with regular performances at all of the major opera houses in the world.