Anthony P. Radford

Anthony P. Radford is Associate 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.  He was also Assistant Professor of Voice at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada.

Dr. Radford has performed numerous opera roles and solo recitals in almost 25 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. His lieder singing was most recently described as “brilliant” by the German press this past summer as a participant in concerts and recitals associated with CSU Summer Arts. Upcoming performances include a recital tour of the United States and the role of Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with the Theatre Arts Alliance in Visalia CA. 

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 productions 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. He continues his collaboration with Mack and McGuire with the commissioning of a new opera for children coming in Fall of 2016.

He has worked closely with Fresno Grand Opera as the pre-performance lecturer from 2009-2013 and most recently as a partner in their Music and Prose initiative which will pair Fresno State singers and composers with local poets to create new exciting works. This partnership will bring to Fresno State, world class composers Jake Heggie and Ricky Ian Gordon early in 2016.

For four years Dr. Radford was on 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. 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 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. His reviews of performances and scholarly works appear regularly in the Journal. He also served a term on the Board of Directors 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.  He is currently a voice student of Ellen Shade. Previous teachers include Ariel Bybee, Carol Forte, Cornelius Reid, and William Shomos. Other talented musicians he calls mentors are Elmer Iseler, Derek Holman, Giles Bryant, Wayne Strongman, Albert Greer and Lydia Adams.

Dr. Radford is committed to serving his local musical community. He has hosted a table at the Fresno County Library Annual Fundraising dinner as well as given presentations for Alliance Française, Fresno and the Osher Lifelong Learning Centre. Further, 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.