Anthony P. Radford

Anthony RadfordAnthony P. Radford is a Professor of Voice and Opera at California State University, Fresno, where he serves as the Coordinator for the Voice Performance degree and is the director of the Fresno State Opera Theatre. 

His interests are in vocal pedagogy and in fostering ties between communities and opera at educational and cultural institutions. At Fresno State, he teaches voice, opera, vocal pedagogy and vocal literature. He coordinates the Fresno State Opera Theatre, an ensemble that has in the last few years toured the Central Valley, presented a fully staged production of La Boheme, Carmen, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Elixir of Love, Albert Herring, and hosted the Fresno Opera and Orchestra Academy staging Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci. In 2014 at Fresno State he directed the world premiere of Evan Mack and Joshua McGuire’s The Secret of Luca. In 2016 received a grant from the Central Valley Community Foundation to commission a new opera work from Mack and McGuire titled Lucinda y las Flores de la Nochebuena. With additional support from the Fresno State President’s Circle, Dr. Radford and his students at Fresno State produced this opera for children and toured it in Fresno County for over 3000 school children. The opera today receives multiple performances across the country every holiday season including the San Francisco Opera Guild and Opera in the Heights Houston. In 2019 he will produce a full production of Madama Butterfly at Fresno State in collaboration with the Fresno State Symphony Orchestra.

His teaching has taken him to Germany where in 2018 he coordinated a CSU Summer Arts course titled “Romantic Lied in Germany” taking 30 singers to Germany to study with an international faculty at the Hochschule fur Musik in Trossingen. In winter 2018/19 he will coordinate the Fresno State “London Semester” taking 40 students to London. For four years Dr. Radford was on the faculty at the Halifax Summer Opera Festival where he directed fully staged productions of Le Nozze di Figaro and Carmen.

He is a published author, a presenter at many international and national conferences and is a regular adjudicator with the National Association of Teachers of Singing as well as Classical Singer. He is the founder of the Lethbridge/Medicine Hat NATS Chapter and was a 2006 participant in the NATS intern program in Kansas City.  His article on Mozart’s first Figaro Francesco Benucci appears in the Jan/Feb 2010 edition of the Journal of Singing and he had the privilege of reviewing Richard Miller’s last book Securing Baritone, Bass-Baritone and Bass Voices for Voiceprints in 2009. He served as the Review Editor for the Opera Journal and as part of the Board of Directors of the National Opera Association, he served as was Research Chair. His reviews of performances and scholarly works appear regularly in the Journal and online as well as in the New York Singing Teachers Association VoicePrints. Most recently his review of the Roscoe, a new American opera was published in “Bootlegger of the Soul: The literary legacy of William Kennedy” (2018) by the State University of New York University Press, a festschrift to Pulitzer Prize winning author William Kennedy.

Originally from Toronto, Canada, he holds a B.A. in Political Science from York University and a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music.  He was an Othmer Fellow at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln where he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree.  Dr. Radford studies also took him to the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh, England where he appeared in opera roles at the Aldeburgh Festival and the Snape Maltings.  He is currently a voice student of Ellen Shade. Previous teachers include Ariel Bybee, Carol Forte, Cornelius Reid, and William Shomos.