Associate Director, UVAA Summer Opera Programs
Acting for Singers
Anthony Laciura is among the opera world's finest character actors. His career has spanned 27 years in over 800 performances at the Metropolitan Opera, and now includes multiple credits as a television actor in shows like HBO's Boardwalk Empire, where he recently wrapped his fourth season.
During Anthony’s time as a comprimario at the Met, the Washington Post labeled him… “The Clown Prince of Opera…one of the outstanding character-tenors of our time.” The New York Times’ leading music critic simply stated that he is “a master of such roles,” and Terrence McNally announced during a radio broadcast that, “the amazing Anthony Laciura can convince an audience that he is just about anyone and sometimes steals the show.”
Even more recently, Entertainment Weekly has named Mr. Laciura in the top 25 Comic Relief in TV Dramas All-Stars, for his portrayal of ‘Eddie’.
In addition to his singing career and acting, Anthony also directs Opera. He has directed productions of Verdi’s ‘Otello’ with the Vero Beach Opera, Purcell’s ‘Dido and Aeneas,’ Puccini’s ‘La Boheme’, ‘Tosca’, ‘Madama Butterfly’ for Phoenix Opera, Verdi’s Rigoletto for Dicapo Opera in New York, and Puccini’s ‘La fanciulla del West’ at Knoxville Opera.
Anthony continues to coach and groom aspiring opera singers at his private studio in Teaneck, New Jersey, and is the associate director of Utah Vocal Arts Academy Summer Opera Workshops in Provo, Utah.
Mr. Laciura’s talent as a unique character actor has taken him to the big screen, television, and on various stages throughout the world. He has co-starred in the Academy qualifying, multi-award winning independent short film Crackers, as ‘Frank the Barber’, directed by Gregory Principato and in the short Mateo’s Room as Mr. Thomas, by Maximilian Williamson.
Anthony is the recipient of two SAG Actor awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for his role on Boardwalk Empire. Besides his various roles on stage at the Met, his off-Broadway stage credits include Uncle Bob in The House of Connelly by Paul Green, and as Irwin in this year’s production of Honor Bound by Al Repicci.