Bass-Baritone

Tony Baker

BASS - BARITONE

 

Born in Lancashire,Tony enjoyed acting and singing from an early age. However he was also fascinated by the visual and technical side of Theatre and put his energies into pursuing a very succesful career as a designer for Opera. Consequently any performing ambition had to be put aside. After moving towards directing as well as designing in 2013 he was asked to sing the role of the Learned Judge in "Trial by Jury " as well as directing the work for New Sussex Opera.

A similar opportunity presented itself in 2014 when Opera Brava invited him to direct "Tosca " and sing the role of the Sacristan. In 2016 he decided to concentrate on performing professionally and had a very busy year learning a series of 8 new roles including Don Alfonso "Cosi" ,Bartolo and Antonio "Nozze di Figaro" and Snug "A Midsummer Night's Dream". In 2016/ 2017 he added more roles to his repertoire with performances in "Fille du Regiment" "Madama Butterfly" " "Iolanthe" and "Carmen". He has studied singing privately for the last four years, primarily with baritone Grant Doyle and more recently with Robert Dean. He lives in South East London.

"For me, though, the show was nearly stolen by Tony Baker’s hilariously funny Judge.....

With a real flair for comic singing, he was a joy to watch".

(Paul Austin Kelly/Sussex Express on "Trial by Jury")

 

"Tony Baker's Bonze was patriarchal and powerful" (Mark Aspen on Madama Butterfly)

ROLES PERFORMED

OPERA

COMPOSER

COMPANY

YEAR

Judge

Trial by Jury

Gilbert & Sullivan

New Sussex Opera

2013

Sacristan

Tosca

Puccini

Opera Brava

2014/15

Falstaff

Merry Wives of Windsor

Nicolai

Brent Opera

2015

 

Bartolo/Antonio

Nozze di Figaro

Mozart

Dulwich Opera

2016

 

Lionel King

Dress Rehearsal**

Alison Evans**

Sarastro Productions

2016

Sergeant of Police

Pirates of Penzance

Sullivan

Ormond Opera

2016

Don Alfonso *

Cosi Fan Tutte

Mozart

Dulwich Opera

2016

Snug

Midsummer Night's Dream

Britten

Surrey Opera

2016

Sergeant Sulpice

La Fille du Regiment

Donizetti

Aylesbury Opera

2016

Bonze

 

Madama Butterfly

Puccini

Ormond Opera

2016

Lord Chancellor

Iolanthe

Gilbert & Sullivan

G & S Festival

2017

Earl Mountararat

Iolanthe

Gilbert & Sullivan

London Garden Opera

2017

Zuniga

Carmen

Bizet

Ormond Opera

2017

*Role covered

** Musical play including works by Bizet, Sullivan and Verdi.