Anthony Whitson-Martini, a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2014, is already distinguishing himself in operatic performance as a “young and talented baritone” at the beginning of bright future.
A fantastic 2016/17 season is in store during Anthony’s second year in residency at the Academy of Vocal Arts. Anthony debuts as Ceprano & Uscire in Rigoletto with stage direction by Tito Capobianco; study-covers Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with stage direction by Nic Muni; & performs Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with stage direction by Jeffrey Buchman, all under the baton of Maestro Christopher Macatsoris. Also featured in the 2017 San Diego Opera Gala, Anthony is appearing as a guest artist, and returns this summer to reprise the role of Il Conte Almaviva in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro with Point Loma Opera Theatre.
In an exciting 2015/16 season, Anthony debuted with AVA Opera as Masetto in Don Giovanni under the baton of Maestro Macatsoris and the direction of Jeffrey Buchman; performed Johann and covered Albert in Werther with pianist Luke Housner, Dottore Spinelloccio & Notaio Amantio di Nicolao in Gianni Schicchi, conducted by Richard Raub and directed by Tito Capobianco, and Belcore in a concert version of L’Elisir d’amore with pianist Ines Irawati. Concert work included a recital of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The House of Life with pianist Ines Irawati; a recital of Brahms Lieder in his debut with Lyric Fest with pianist Laura Ward; & Bach’s Cantata BWV 140 and Vivaldi’s Magnificat at St. Mary’s Episcopal in Wayne, PA. In the summer of 2016, Anthony was awarded with a Scholarship Award from the Musical Merit Foundation of Greater San Diego.
Other recent career highlights include productions of Carousel under the baton of Karen Keltner; La Bohème & The Student Prince, & a workshop of Tony Award winning librettist, Mark Medoff’s Rose in Flames under the baton of Barbara Day Turner with Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre. Along with Masetto in Don Giovanni at AVA, Anthony frequently performs many of Mozart’s leading baritones, including Der Sprecher & Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with Center Stage Opera; Il Conte Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with Opera Academy of California; Nardo in La finta giardiniera & Guglielmo in Così fan tutte both with Point Loma Opera Theatre. Other roles include Patrick in Mame with Lyric Opera, San Diego; Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance & Boatswain in H.M.S. Pinafore with Bodhi-Tree Concerts; Giove in Il Giasone by Cavalli with Opera Academy of California; Pandolfe in Cendrillon, Joe in The Most Happy Fella, Schaunard in La Bohème; Der Vater in Hänsel und Gretel, Gasparo in Rita, Sam in Trouble in Tahiti, & Baron Zeta in Die Lustige Witwe, all with Point Loma Opera Theatre.
Concert work is equally prominent in Mr. Whitson-Martini’s repertoire, including Handel’s Messiah with the San Diego Master Chorale, La Jolla Symphony & Chorus, San Diego Community Orchestra, & Point Loma Master Chorale; baritone solo in Brahms’ Triumphlied with the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus; Duruflé’s Requiem with First Presbyterian, San Diego and members of the San Diego Symphony. In 2011 Anthony became the youngest chorister in the company’s history in the world premiere of Heggie’s Moby Dick, and has since been on San Diego Opera‘s Opera Exposed roster, collaborating with Ines Irawati or Dr. Nicolas Reveles in outreach concerts and recitals.
Other awards include an Encouragement Award from the Lotte Lenya Competition, two-time 1st Place in the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Competition, Finalist in the Burbank Philharmonic Competition, 2nd Place in the 2012 Carmel Vocal Competition, & two-time 1st Place winner in the San Diego, National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition in both the classical & musical theatre sections.
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.