Anthony Whitson-Martini is already distinguishing himself in operatic performance as a “young and talented baritone” with an incredible future.
In the 2017/18 season, Anthony continues his residency as a Resident Artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts, making his role debut as Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos and as a featured soloist in Jubilate! with a selection from Alexander’s Feast by Handel. Anthony also makes his debut with The Philadelphia Orchestra as Anxious in their semi-staged production of West Side Story with Maestro Yannick Sezet-Seguin at the helm.
Other notable operatic performances include Mozart favorites, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte and Masetto in Don Giovanni while at AVA. Performances as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Il Conte Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, and Nardo in La finta giardiniera; Gaspare in Rita, Belcore in L’Elisir d’amore, Schaunard in La Boheme; as well as more modern roles like Sam in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti and Joe in Loesser’s The Most Happy Fella, all have been with Point Loma Opera Theatre.
Operetta and musical theatre credits began when Anthony made his company debut with San Diego Lyric Opera in Mame as Older Patrick; he later performed as the Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance and Boatswain in H.M.S. Pinafore, both with Bodhi-Tree Concerts. During the 2014 and 2015 summer seasons, Anthony performed as a resident artist in productions of The Student Prince, Les Miserables, Carousel, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and La Boheme with Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre.
In concert and recital work, Anthony has received particular acclaim in performances of Handel’s Messiah (San Diego Master Chorale, La Jolla Symphony & Chorus, San Diego Community Orchestra, and Point Loma Chorale Union) and Brahms’ Triumphlied with the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus. Since living in Philadelphia, Anthony has performed a series of Brahms Lieder with Lyric Fest in the 2015/16 season, and solos in Bach’s Cantata BWV 140, Vivaldi’s Magnificat, and Faure’s Requiem.
Anthony received an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Western Region and won the Audience Choice Award in the San Diego District in 2014. Mr. Whitson-Martini was a winner in the 2016 Musical Merit of San Diego Competition; received an Encouragement Award from the 2014 Lotte Lenya Competition, is a two-time 1st Place Winner in the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Competition, a Finalist in the 2013 Burbank Philharmonic Competition, and won 2nd Place in the 2012 Carmel Vocal Competition.
Anthony is currently working towards an Artist Diploma at the Academy of Vocal Arts; he holds a B.A. Music from PLNU, studying with Dr. John Craig Johnson and Ines Irawati. He is a grant winner and is on the roster of Opera Buffs inc., as well as an alumnus of the Advanced Artist Program at Opera Works with Ann Baltz.