Anthony P. Radford
Anthony P. Radford is a talented singer, director, designer, researcher and writer who has an international reputation for a high level of teaching and scholarship in singing and opera. He current is Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera at California State University, Fresno where he is the Coordinator for the Voice Performance degree and is the director of the Fresno State Opera Theatre.
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.
Dr. Radford has performed 21 opera roles and 15 solo recitals in his 20 years of professional singing. He has been heard on CBC, KIOS Omaha, and KVPR Fresno. Recent performances include appearances with the Fresno Philharmonic, Tulare County Symphony, Fresno Choral Artists, Fresno Community Chorus, California Opera and performances in Italy and Canada with Fresno State and Halifax Summer Opera Workshop. This spring he directed a sold out run of Puccini’s La bohème in Fresno and this summer he directed Carmen in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Upcoming performances include a recital of English Song in Fresno and a return to Canada to direct Le nozze di Figaro in 2013.
He is a published author, a presenter at many international and national conferences and sits the Board of Directors of the National Opera Association. He is a regular adjudicator with the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the founder of the Lethbridge/Medicine Hat NATS Chapter, and was a 2006 of the NATS intern program in Kansas City. His article on Mozart’s first Figaro appears in the Jan/Feb 2010 edition of the Journal of Singing and he had the privilege of reviewing vocal pedagogue Richard Miller’s last book Securing Baritone, Bass-Baritone and Bass Voices for Voiceprints in 2009.
As popular Master Class clinician he has given over 50 master classes across North America most recently giving Master Classes in Halifax, Nova Scotia on vocal technique and interpretation. He has adjudicated for the National Association of Teacher of Singing, National Opera Association and for Miss California, part of the Miss America organization, a scholarship organization for young women.
Dr. Radford is committed to serving his local musical community through regular pre-performance lecturers for the Fresno Grand Opera and hosting a table at the Fresno County Library Annual Fundraising dinner. He will also give presentations this year to Alliance Français, Fresno and the Osher Lifelong Learning Centre.
Dr. Radford is interested in how his discipline of singing and opera can help the wider community and is always finding areas of collaboration with colleagues in other academic areas. Most recent research interests are in vocal health and education in collaboration with colleagues in Speech and Hearing at Fresno State. Further, Dr. Radford is pursuing interests in Sustainability and Environmental Education through musical and vocal performance with colleagues at Dalhousie University, Halifax.
He lives in Fresno’s historical Fig Garden/Fresno High district with his wife Sarah and son Jonathan.