Children’s Chorus Director
Anthony Piccolo graduated from the Peabody Conservatory (B.M. 1969, M.M.1970), where his teachers included Konrad Wolff for piano, Laszlo Halasz for orchestral conducting and Earle Brown for composition. He studied singing with Raymond Kelly (Catholic University) and Ina Partridge (Bexhill, England), and voice and piano repertoire with Roger Vignoles at the Britten-Pears School, Aldeburgh. At London's Guildhall School (Certificate of Advanced Studies, 1983) he trained as an assistant conductor in the opera studio and with Peter Gellhorn and Paul Hamburger in coaching and accompaniment. He sang in the choirs of Canterbury Cathedral and St. Paul's Cathedral, London, and in the Academy Chorus of St. Martin in the Fields under Laszlo Heltay and Neville Marriner.
Between 1984 and 1993 Mr. Piccolo worked as assistant conductor with Portland Opera, Wolf Trap Opera and New Orleans Opera and in 1988 was principal conductor of Opera East, Nova Scotia. From 1989 to 2009 he served as assistant chorus master and stage band conductor with New York City Opera, and from 1996 to 2009 also as children's chorus director.
In 2009 Anthony Piccolo was appointed Children's Chorus Director of the Metropolitan Opera, where he teaches more than 80 children and prepares them for their chorus and principal roles in as many as ten productions each season.
An album of his symphonic and instrumental compositions is published as "Imaginary Symphony and Other Tales" by Navona Records.