Anthony Whitson-Martini is already distinguishing himself in operatic performance “with a resonant voice full of gravitas”.
Freshly out of his residency at the Academy of Vocal Arts, this summer Anthony sings solos in Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacemwith the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus and makes role debuts in as Ibn-Hakia in Iolanta and Bertrand and the Archbishop in The Maid of Orleans with Russian Opera Workshop in Philadelphia. Later this season, Anthony is thrilled to rejoin San Diego Opera for their 2019/20 Season in productions of Aida and The Barber of Seville; returns to Bodhi-Tree ConcertsinAll Is Calm; and makes his debut of Schubert’s beloved masterpiece Die schöne Müllerin with the stunning pianist, Ines Irawati.
During Anthony’s residency at AVA, leading operatic performances include Guglielmo in Così fan tutti, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Masetto in Don Giovanni, the Gamekeeper in Rusalka, Paris in Roméo et Juliette, Johann in Werther; Ceprano in Rigoletto, Harlekin and the Wig Maker in Ariadne auf Naxos. Other notable performances include Il Conte Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro and Nardo in La finta giardiniera; Gaspar in Rita, Belcore in L’elixir 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.
With a strong background in operetta and musical theatre, Anthony made his debut with The Philadelphia Orchestra in their 2017 production of West Side Story with Yannick Nezet-Seguin at the helm. Anthony’s professional stage debut was as Older Patrick in San Diego Lyric Opera‘s production of Mame in 2011. With Bodhi-Tree Concert’s, Anthony has appeared as both the Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance and Boatswain in H.M.S. Pinafore in 2013-2014. 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 2019 and 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 holds an Artist Diploma at the Academy of Vocal Arts and 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.