American baritone Anthony Duke Eversole is an emerging artist in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. He has been acclaimed by critics as having “a powerful voice” and a “dominating presence” on the operatic and concert stage. His rich baritone and strong dramatic skills have brought him much success in a variety of roles and engagements.
Most recently Mr. Eversole was seen as Sir John Falstaff in Verdi's Falstaff with the University of Oklahoma Opera Theatre. He was also recently featured as a baritone soloist in performances Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht, and Haydn’s Nicolaimesse.
Mr. Eversole was the recipient of the University of Oklahoma's prestigious and exclusive Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts Opera Fellowship. He also was a three-time finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Utah district), and has won awards from the Classical Singer Magazine University Competition, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
As a voice student at the University of Oklahoma and Utah State University, Mr. Eversole performed a variety of roles for their respective opera training programs. Some favorites include the title roles in Gianni Schicchi and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Seneca in L'incoronazione di Poppea, Thoas inIphigénie en Tauride, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Vidal Hernando in Luisa Fernanda, Rambaldo Fernandez in La Rondine, Plunkett in Martha, Peter in Hansel & Gretel, Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore, Top in The Tender Land. Mr. Eversole has received additional training from three full seasons as an apprentice artist with the Utah Festival Opera Company. He performed with various ensembles and in small roles in their summer festival productions, including covering the role of Giorgio Germont in their 2010 production of La Traviata.
In 2011, after having just begun working on his Masters degree in Oklahoma, Mr. Eversole was diagnosed with a blood cancer called Hodgkin's Lymphoma. He received chemotherapy and radiation treatments for many months until he was finally declared cancer free. Being a cancer survivor, Mr. Eversole has a strong interest in cancer research and patient support. He is grateful for every breath and for the opportunity to continue living his life with his wonderful wife and two cats, and for the opportunity and blessing to continue singing.
Mr. Eversole completed his Bachelors degrees at Utah State University with a dual major in Voice Performance and Music Education. He received his Masters degree in Voice Performance from the University of Oklahoma where he studied under acclaimed tenor and pedagogue William Neill. Mr. Eversole will join the Maryland Opera Studio at the University of Maryland in College Park in the fall of as a doctoral candidate in Opera Performance and as a graduate teaching assistant.
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