'Fidelio' Act 2 Finale at the Vlaamse Opera
Anthony originally trained as a set and costume designer at the Central School of Art and Design, London. He moved to directing after more than two decades working internationally as a designer in Opera.
Initially he cut his directing teeth by working on productions as co-director 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) and he also directed Der Freischütz in Bilbao, a work he originally designed for the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Paris.
His first major opportunity to direct and design outright came in 2005 with a production of Tippett's The Knot Garden in Montepulciano (Italian premiere). He has continued to work as a director and sometimes designer for various UK based companies including New Sussex Opera, Mireille, Edgar and The Beggar's Opera. Tosca for Opera Brava, Stephen Oliver's A man of feeling for Grimeborn as well as occasionally producing his own work, "Patience" and "Thespis" at the Normansfield Theatre ( 2007/8.)
His next project is a production of Offenbach's 3 Act Opera Bouffe, The Princess of Trebizonde for New Sussex Opera (in his own new translation). A rarity in the UK this is probably the first time the piece will be performed here since the late nineteenth century.
"Anthony Baker's superb staging brought a living intensity to what can seem like rather schematic characters in Tippett's work. Against a set of opaque flats whose distorted reflexions 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...it made for a memorable and compelling evening at the Opera." Opera Now on "The Knot Garden"