Anthony P. Radford

Dr. Anthony P. Radford is a talented singer, director, researcher and writer. He holds an international reputation in the areas of teaching, scholarship, singing and opera performance.  As Associate Professor of Voice and Opera at California State University, Fresno, he serves as the Coordinator for the Voice Performance degree and is the director of the Fresno State Opera Theatre.  He was also Assistant Professor of Voice at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada.

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 Festival.  

As an opera director and educator 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, hosted the Fresno Opera and Orchestra Academy staging Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci and recently gave the world premiere of Evan Mack and Joshua McGuire’s The Secret of Luca.  This year Fresno State Opera Theatre will stage Carmen in collaboration with the Fresno State Symphony Orchestra.

For the last four years Dr. Radford has been on faculty at the Halifax Summer Opera Festival where he has directed Carmen and a fully staged production of Le nozze di Figaro.  His Master Classes on vocal technique and interpretation are a festival favorite.

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.  He currently serves as the Review Editor for the Opera Journal and is Research Chair of the National Opera Association.  

As a popular Master Class clinician he has given over 50 master classes across North America. He has adjudicated for the National Association of Teacher of Singing, National Opera Association and for Miss California.

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 is committed to serving his local musical community through regular pre-performance lectures for the Fresno Grand Opera and as a previous table host at the Fresno County Library Annual Fundraising dinner. He has also presented on opera for Alliance Française de Fresno and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Dr. Radford has engaged in numerous collaborative endeavors 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.  

He lives in Fresno’s historic Fig Garden district with his wife Sarah and sons Jonathan and Louis.