Baritone Stephen Anastasia began his training in his native San Luis Obispo where at Cuesta College he performed in community theater as well as college productions of opera and musical theater. He received his Bachelor of Music in Choral and Vocal Music at CSU Long Beach and his Masters of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance at UC Irvine.
As a member of AGMA 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 Cal State Long Beach Opera Institute in Dido and Aeneas (First Sailor) and The Medium (Mr. Gobineau) under the baton of Maestro Henri Venanzi, and with University of California, Irvine Opera in Trial By Jury (Counsel), The Telephone (Ben), Signor Deluso (Deluso). He returned as a featured alumnus with the UCI 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 Verdi Chorus, Chorale Bel Canto under Dr. Stephen Gothold, in the Mount San Antonio College Faculty Artist Series and recently appeared 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 is adjunct faculty at Mount San Antonio College and Riverside City College where he teaches Voice, Music Therapy for Seniors and Music History. He studies voice with Prof. Robin Buck of UC Irvine.