Baritone Stephen Anastasia began his training in his native San Luis Obispo where at Cuesta College he performed in productions of musical theater as well as community theater and Opera. He received his Bachelor of Music in Choral and Vocal Music at California State University, Long Beach and his Master of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance at University of California, Irvine.
As a member of AGMA, Mr. Anastasia will join the LA Opera Chorus for this seasons production of Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer. He performed with Opera Pacific for six seasons, singing in the chorus in many productions as well as bit roles in Susannah and Porgy and Bess. He has performed with the CSU Long Beach Opera Institute in Dido and Aeneas (First Sailor) and The Medium (Mr. Gobineau) under the baton of Maestro Henri Venanzi, and with UC Irvine Opera in Trial By Jury (Counsel), The Telephone (Ben), Signor Deluso (Deluso). He returned as a featured alumnus with the UC Irvine Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Stephen Tucker as Marcello in Act III of La Bohème and in the title role of Gianni Schicchi.
Mr. Anastasia’s solo concert credits include Messiah with the Long Beach Camerata Singers & Orchestra under the baton of Dr. Robert Istad and Carmina Burana with the Inland Valley Sympony & Temecula Valley Master Chorale under the baton of Maestro Anthony Parnther. Mr. Anastasia has also performed as a soloist with Downtown Opera (a subsidiary of Long Beach Opera), Center Stage Opera, the Music Companie of Hollywood, A Little Dickens, ASCAP Music Theater Workshop, The John Alexander Singers, The Verdi Chorus, Chorale Bel Canto under Dr. Stephen Gothold, in the Mount San Antonio College Faculty Artist Series, and in concert with Guitarist Aaron Spoor. Stephen has also been privileged to be a baritone soloist for the Accademia San Felice, Tuscany Amadeus Festival in Florence, Italy.
A member of NATS, Mr. Anastasia teaches Voice, Class Voice, and Music History as an adjunct professor at Mount San Antonio College and as a lecturer at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He studies voice with Prof. Robin Buck of UC Irvine.