Page 136

OPERA ARTISTIC STAFF

DEAN ANTHONY Director of Opera Dean Anthony draws inspiration and expertise from a comprehensive career spanning over 30 years and innumerable turns as performer, director, educator, and producer. Frequently engaged as a stage director, Mr. Anthony’s artistic process is hallmarked by an energetic, gritty, and physical style. His portfolio stretches across the repertoire from Le Nozze di Figaro to Dead Man Walking and includes regular engagements at regional houses across the United States. Most recently, he was appointed Artistic and Producing Director of Asheville Lyric Opera. Mr. Anthony’s upcoming 2019-2020 season includes productions of Glory Denied with Asheville Lyric Opera and Union Avenue Opera, As One with Pensacola Opera, Les Contes d’Hoffmann with Opera Delaware, Cavalleria Rusticana with Knoxville Opera, Carmen with Opera Tampa, The Merry Widow with Asheville Lyric Opera, Barber of Seville with Opera on the James, La bohème with Peabody Opera Theater, and productions of Susannah, Die Fledermaus, Carmen, and Man of La Mancha with the Janiec Opera Company. A major producer and promoter of new works, Mr. Anthony has helped facilitate the development of numerous projects including Tom Cipullo’s Mayo, J. Mark Searce’s Falling Angel, a workshop of Robert Aldridge’s Sister Carrie, and Change the World, It Needs It!, a new cabaret with the Kurt Weill Foundation. In collaboration with composer Michael Ching, Mr. Anthony produced and created the opera Speed Dating Tonight!, which garnered nationwide attention and has been booked for over 75 different productions to date. Mr. Anthony is currently the Director of Opera with the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center and has served on the Brevard faculty since 2008. A passionate educator, he has shared his insights through a unique movement and acting masterclass series at opera companies, universities, and music festivals the world over from the Boston Conservatory of Music to Festival Lyrique de Belle Ile en Mer. As a character artist, Mr. Anthony performed over 100 roles on the operatic stage and garnered acclaim for his keen vocal, dramatic, physical, and acrobatic abilities, earning him the nickname “The Tumbling Tenor.” Some of his most praised portrayals include the roles of Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Little Bat in Susannah, and Bardolfo in Falstaff. He has graced the stages of companies across the globe from Vancouver Opera to Theater des Westens in Berlin, while frequenting North American venues including L’Opera de Montreal, San Francisco Opera, and New York City Opera, among others. Mr. Anthony is also esteemed for numerous television appearances from his celebrated turn as Daniel Buchanan in Francesca Zambello’s production of Street Scene, to the world premiere of Robert Greeleaf’s Under the Arbor and An Evening of Gilbert and Sullivan with The Boston Pops on PBS. He is featured in the Grammy-nominated recording of Amahl and the Night Visitors, produced under the NAXOS label.

136 BrevardMusic.org

EILEEN DOWNEY Music Director, Chorus Master, Vocal Coach Eileen Downey is currently Senior Lecturer of Piano at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, where she is a vocal coach and collaborative pianist, as well as a rehearsal pianist for Knoxville Opera. Ms. Downey is also the Music Director for the Janiec Opera Company of the Brevard Music Center, where she has been engaged as the chorus master and vocal coach for the summer seasons of 2013-14, and 2016-19. She has been an accompanist for the Middle/East Tennessee Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions since 2012, and was recently a pianist for the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference and a guest artist of the Tennessee Cello Workshop. Eileen is an alumna of the Merola Opera Program, and was one of the 2011 staff accompanists for AIMS in Graz. Other programs in which she has been involved include SongFest, Project Canción Española, Aspen Opera Theater Center, Opera North, and the Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca, Italy. Ms. Downey received a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance and a Master’s Degree in Collaborative Piano from Michigan State University.

KELLY KUO Guest Conductor Maestro Kelly Kuo brings a dynamic versatility and nuance to a diverse repertoire, which includes over 80 operas and an expansive symphonic repertoire as well. Currently Artistic Director of Oregon Mozart Players, recent engagements include Lyric Opera of Chicago, Cincinnati Opera, Kentucky Opera, Madison Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Tulsa Opera, Anchorage Opera, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic, Malta Philharmonic, and Ballet Fantastique. Upcoming engagements include company debuts with Charlie Parker’s Yardbird for Seattle Opera, Poppea for Opera Columbus, and the Reno Chamber Orchestra as a Music Director finalist.

MICHAEL SAKIR Guest Conductor Michael Sakir serves as Music Director of Opera Memphis and Principal Guest Conductor of the Opera Company of Middlebury. Recent and upcoming guest conducting engagements include Seattle Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Orlando, Intermountain Opera Bozeman, Northwestern University, American Opera Projects, Opera in the Ozarks, and Opera North. Sakir has held music staff positions with Santa Fe Opera, Washington National Opera, Florida Grand Opera, among other companies. He holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and Boston Conservatory. He was a participant in the 2017 Opera America Leadership Intensive. He is a native of Northern California.

Profile for Brevard Music Center

2019 BMC Overture Magazine  

The seasonal publication for the annual Brevard Music Center Summer Festival. Overture includes all festival programming and program notes,...

2019 BMC Overture Magazine  

The seasonal publication for the annual Brevard Music Center Summer Festival. Overture includes all festival programming and program notes,...