Lauded for his “stentorian Verdi style” by the Chicago Tribune and as “warm-toned, vivacious and humane” by the San Francisco Chronicle, baritone Anthony Clark Evans is quickly gaining recognition as one of the most promising Verdi baritones of his generation. The 2023 – 2024 season includes his debut with the Dresdener Philharmonie as Riccardo in I Puritani, opposite Lisette Oropesa and Lawrence Brownlee, conducted by Riccardo Frizza, and recorded for release on the Pentatone label. Anthony Clark Evans also makes his house debut with Austin Opera as Tonio in Pagliacci, and his debut with Irish National Opera to sing Germont in La Traviata. Mr. Evans returns to Opera Philadelphia to sing Sharpless in Ted Huffman’s production of Madama Butterfly, and will also cover Sharpless at the Metropolitan Opera. Concert engagements include Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Gaffigan, and his debut as the baritone soloist in Carmina Burana with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Krzystof Urbański.
Mr. Evans made his house debut during the 2022 -2023 season at Houston Grand Opera as Germont in La Traviata, and his house and role debut as Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with Cincinnati Opera. Mr. Evans returned to the Metropolitan Opera to sing Third Noble and cover the Herald in a new production of Lohengrin, conducted by music director Yannick Nezet-Seguin.
Operatic highlights include Mr. Evans’ debut with Opera Philadelphia in the title role of Rigoletto, conducted by music director Corrado Rovaris, his debut with the Metropolitan Opera as the Huntsman in the new Mary Zimmerman production of Rusalka, his operatic European debut as Giorgio Germont in La Traviata with Opéra National de Bordeaux, his San Francisco Opera debut as Lescaut in Manon Lescaut, conducted by music director Nicola Luisotti and Sharpless in the Jun Kaneko production of Madama Butterfly, Zurga in the Lee Blakeley production of Les Pêcheurs de perles with Santa Fe Opera, Leporello in Don Giovanni with Tulsa Opera, Tonio in Pagliacci with Opera San Jose, his San Diego Opera debut as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, his debut in the title role in Rigoletto with Kentucky Opera, and his debuts with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Dallas Opera, and Querido Arte in Guatemala as Marcello in La bohème. Additional roles at Lyric Opera of Chicago include Riccardo in I Puritani, opposite Lawrence Brownlee, the Jailer in Tosca (covering the Sacristan), Yamadori (covering Sharpless) in Madama Butterfly, the Huntsman (covering the Gamekeeper) in Rusalka, creating the role of Simon Thibault in the world premiere of Bel Canto, and covers of Leporello in Don Giovanni, the Count in Le nozze di Figaro, the Count in Capriccio and Wolfram in Tannhäuser.
Concert work includes Verdi Requiem with the Washington National Cathedral, his Ravinia Festival debut singing in Bernstein’s Songfest with Ensemble dal Niente, William Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted by Thomas Søndergård, Theatre Director in Les Mamelles de Tirésias with the Chicago Civic Orchestra, an appearance at the Richard Tucker Gala at Carnegie Hall, Beethoven Symphony Number 9 with both the Phoenix Symphony and Bozeman Symphony, and an appearance on the “Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park” concert, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. Mr. Evans was also scheduled to debut with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra singing Brander in Berlioz’s La damnation de Faust conducted by Stéphane Denève.
Honors and awards include a 2017 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World main prize finalist, a Grand Finals Winner of the 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a 2017 Richard Tucker career grand, a 2014 Sarah Tucker Career Grant, and top prizes in the Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition, the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Competition, Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition, Marcello Giordani Competition, Giulio Gari Competition, and the Mario Lanza Competition. Mr. Evans took second prize in both the Liederkranz Foundation Competition and the Opera Index Competition, as well as prizes from the Sullivan Foundation, the Luminarts Fellowship, and the American Opera Society.
A native of Owensboro, Kentucky, Mr. Evans studied voice at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, and was a member of the Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Mr. Evans currently resides in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.