Anthony Norton - The Pantheon Playhouse

We are thrilled and delighted that Anthony Norton will be co-hosting The Pantheon Playhouse at this year's Big Retreat!

Anthony, alongside The Versability Shop ,will be staging The Pantheon Playhouse a Youth Theatre for 12-18 year olds - a chance for them to shine - perform, stage manage and get stuck in  - well sick (!?) 

Please email if you would like to sign your kids up to the Pantheon Playhouse Workshops

The Pantheon Playhouse will meet for 11/2 hours each day of the festival with a final performance on the Sunday Evening ..
There will also be "The Pantheon Playhouse" tent where 12-18yrs can hangout practice and chill out throughout the weekend. A great opportunity for your Young ones - and dare we say an opportunity for you to glide away to your Yoga or Spoon Carving session?! 

Anthony studied singing, piano, ‘cello and conducting at Trinity college of Music London before embarking on a career as a singer, teacher and conductor. He began his singing career with The Scottish Opera before moving to Teatro La Scala Di Milano, where he was resident for a number of years. At the Festivale d’Arte di Montepulciano, Anthony played Lo Sposo in the Italian premier of Leyla e Medjnun by Glanert, Orfeo in La Favola di Orfeo by Casella and was the soloist in Mahler’s Das Lied Von Der Erde with Oficina Musicale Italiana. At the Teatro Lirico Sperimentale di Spoleto he played the role of Poe in the world premier of Lygeia by Augusta Reid-Thomas. Anthony performed the European premiere of The Desert Music by Steve Reich with the L’Orchestra Della RAI di Milano. With Pomerigio Musicale he performed The Preacher in Bernstein’s Mass. For Musica Nel Chiostro di Battignano he created the role of Mens in the world premiere of Amendola’s L’Ombra, also at Battignano he performed Aurindo in Cesti’s Pomo D’Oro. At La Scala he was the soloist in Stravinsky’s Les Noces under the baton of Roberto Gabbiani.


At home in Ireland, Anthony has appeared with all the major companies and ensembles including Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Alexander Annisimov with whom he has also performed the tenor solo in Orff’s, Carmina Burana. He has appeared with Opera Ireland in The Merry Widow and La Boheme, Wexford Festival Opera in The Threepenny Opera by Weill, Co-Opera’s production of La Traviata and Figaros Wedding for Opera Theatre Company. For Dublin City Council’s Opera In The Open, he has played Tamino in Mozart’s Magic Flute, Pylade in Gluck’s Iphegenie en Tauride, Admeto in Gluck’s Alceste, the title role in Mozart’s Idomineo and Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Boheme. Anthony has performed numerous oratorios throughout the country and regularly performs in recital with some of Ireland’s leading pianists and chamber musicians. As one of The Three Irish Tenors, Anthony has toured throughout the world, giving numerous concerts in the USA, Canada, UK, France, Portugal, Monaco and as far afield as The Bahamas, Mexico, India and Taiwan.


Having studied both Orchestral and Choral conducting with James Gaddarn, Bernard Keefe and Doreen Rao, Anthony has directed and conducted concerts and theatre with orchestras, ensembles and choirs throughout his career as a musician. He has been musical director and conductor of Vocare, a prizewinning vocal ensemble based in Wexford who perform a broad and exciting repertoire from Bach to Bacherach, the Avondale Voices, a community choir based in County Wicklow, An Cor Choir – Dublin  a long established choir based in Dublin and is one of the conducting staff working with Wicklow Get Vocal and Music Generation Choral Programme. Current choral projects include the Fassaroe  Community Choral Project, Wicklow Male Voice Choir, Inver Ladies Choir and the Wicklow Community Choir.


As a Stage Director, he has collaborated with many renowned companies including Opera Ireland, PasO Dos Dance Company, Opera Machine, The Anna Livia Festival and was the founding artistic director of Dublin City Council’s “Opera In The Open”.


Anthony has gained notable recognition as a voice teacher and enjoys a busy career teaching voice and performance skills to singers, presenters, teachers, ensembles, choirs and actors. He is one of the founding tutors for Irish Vocal Master Classes and has developed and facilitated numerous workshops on presentation, performance and voice. As well as teaching at his private practice –, he is also a visiting lecturer in performance arts education at The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, an associate lecturer in the faculty of performing arts at Edgehill University and a regular facilitator of masterclasses and workshops at numerous institutions of third level education in both Ireland and the UK.




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