Anthony Barrese has earned accolades as both a composer and a conductor in North America and Italy.
Mr. Barrese is the recipient of numerous composition awards including a N.E.C. Contemporary Ensemble Composition Competition Award for his Madrigale a 3 voci femminili, and two B.M.I. Student Composers Awards. As a musicologist, Mr. Barrese rediscovered, prepared, and edited the critical edition of Franco Faccio’s opera Amleto, in conjunction with Casa Ricordi.
As Artistic Director and Principal conductor of Opera Southwest he has performed Rossini’s Otello with the American staged premiere of the finale lieto, and in 2014 he lead the new World Premiere of Amleto, not heard anywhere since 1871. He also notably led productions of Wagner’s Lohengrin (2019), a new world premiere of Bottesini’s Alì Babà (2019), and a company premiere of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande (2021)
As Music Director of Opera Delaware he conducted the west coast premiere of Amleto in 2016, and the company premiere of Rossini’s Semiramide in 2017. In the 2022 season he conducted new productions of Il barbiere di Siviglia and Le nozze di Figaro.
In the 2023-24 season he will conduct new productions of Il barbiere di Siviglia (Florida Grand Opera) L’occasione fa il ladro and Bluebeard’s Castle (OSW), Haydn’s L’infedeltà delusa (Sarasota), Turandot (Opera Delware), and make a company debut with Opera Santa Barbara (Armienta’s Zorro).