"Anthony Baker's superb staging... Baker gave us a reading of this complex work that was absorbing and unexpectedly clear without being simplistic" (Opera Now review of "The Knot Garden" Montepulciano)
"A triumphant account of "Patience" at the newly resurrected Normansfield Theatre.Brilliantly devised by Anthony Baker (Opera Now)
'Fidelio' at the Vlaamse Opera
Anthony originally trained as a set and costume designer at the Central School of Art and Design in London. He moved to directing as well as designing his own work after more than two decades working very sucessfully as a designer in Opera. Having always had a strong interest in the total process of putting a work onstage and how performers and director use a space this seemed like a natural progression.
Initially he cut his directing teeth by working on productions as a co-director/designer, mostly with his regular directorial collaborator of the time, Francisco Negrin. Productions devised in this way include Beatrix Cenci (Geneva) Rinaldo (New York City Opera) Marriage of Figaro ( Surrey Opera) and he was also responsible for directing a revival in Bilbao of "Der Freischütz" a work he originally designed for the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Paris.
He was given his first opportunity to direct and design outright with a production of Tippett's "The Knot Garden" for the Cantiere D'Internazionale D'Arte in Montepulciano in 2005 (Italian premiere). He has continued to work as a Director for various companies including New Sussex Opera, Surrey Opera, Opera Brava, Grimeborn and Grosvenor Light Opera as well as occasionally producing/directing his own work.
Around 2013, Anthony was invited by New Sussex Opera to both direct "Trial by Jury" and sing the role of the Judge in Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta.This led to a period (2013-16) where he studied singing privately and started to perform professionally as a bass-baritone.
Rather unusually this gives him experience in 3 disciplines involved in Opera performance as well as the capacity to very directly understand and relate to a singer's mental and physical process onstage.
"Anthony Baker’s superb staging (beautifully lit by Mark Doubleday) brought a living intensity to what can seem like rather schematic characters in Tippett’s work. Against a set of opaque flats whose distorted reflections seemed to amplify the personal angst of the characters on stage, Baker gave us a reading of this complex work that was absorbing and unexpectedly clear without being simplistic".
Opera Now review of "The Knot Garden" Montepulciano