American bass Anthony Reed made his Royal Opera House debut this season as Collatinus in The Rape of Lucretia in a Britten Pears Arts production inaugurated at Snape Maltings. Opera News praised him saying “… his centered voice and earnest interpretation made his European debut in this production memorable,” while the Guardian called his voice “darkly sonorous.” He returned to the US to appear in Florida Grand Opera’s double bill as Simone in both Gianni Schicchi and Buoso’s Ghost and will finish this season as Tchelio The Love for Three Oranges at Des Moines Metro Opera.
A versatile singer and actor, Anthony Reed’s operatic credits include Sarastro Die Zauberflöte, Il Re Aida, Don Basilio Il barbiere di Siviglia, Frère Laurent Roméo et Juliette, and Collatinus The Rape of Lucretia among others.
Equally at home on the concert stage, Anthony has performed Mozart's Requiem, Haydn’s Creation, selections from Bach’s B Minor Mass and Handel’s Messiah, and Handel's Missa in Tempore Belli. He has performed with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra, Nashville Symphony, Philharmonia Baroque, and the Aurora Orchestra, among others. His 2017 concept recital The Woods “…repurposed a duo recital into something fresh.” (SF Cassical Voice) and showcased Anthony’s unique ability to create rather than simply interpret.
His virtual programming appearances range from an all-female-baroque-composer recital with the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago to recitals on Chicago’s WFMT classical music station, and Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Master Classes with Sir Andrew Davis, Sole e Amore, Magical Music Around the World, and Rising Stars in Concert.
"Some of the most impressive singing of the evening was provided by bass Anthony Reed in a selection of three Korngold songs … Reed sang these Late Romantic songs with a wide range of vocal colors, excellent diction, and an uncompromising legato."
CHICAGO CLASSICAL REVIEW
Having graduated from Chicago Lyric’s Ryan Opera Center, San Francisco Opera’s Adler Fellowship, and Wolf Trap Opera’s Filene Center, the Alexandria, Minnesota native has received the greatest training available to an artist today. In addition, he holds a Masters of Music in Opera from the Curtis Institute of Music and a Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Performance from The University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. He has studied with some of the most sought-after teachers, coaches, directors, and conductors in the world including Julia Faulkner, Nicola Luisotti, Enrique Mazzola, Sir David McVicar, Craig Terry, and numerous others.
A recipient of awards from the American Opera Society, National Society of Arts and Letters, and Shoshana Foundation, and with recognition from Opera News as “uncommonly articulate” with “…a great deal of tonal nuance,” Reed is being recognized as a rising basso cantante.
When not studying for upcoming engagements or performing current ones, Anthony likes to spend time with his partner and their Great Dane, explore new recipes in the kitchen including caffeinated or happy-hour libations, compose and record pop music, or discover hidden gems in new and familiar cities.