Anthony Burkes Garza
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Anthony Burkes Garza, bass, is a native of the Houston, TX area, and has been a proud Bostonian resident for almost a decade. The much indulged son of an elementary school music teacher and a dentist, he has benefited all his life from a wonderful family that consistently encourages his artistic endeavors (whilst simultaneously providing top notch dental care). Upon graduation from Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in 2005, Anthony fulfilled a lifelong dream of escaping the interminable heat of the Gulf Coast and enrolled at Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music. Although he started as a piping tenor, the climate change must account for the drastic drop in vocal range that occurred during the course of the following decade. He graduated from NEC with a degree in Vocal Performance (under baritone Michael Meraw, with whom he still studies) and Music History (under Dr. Helen Greenwald). Since that time, Anthony worked many an odd job while establishing himself within the Boston choral scene, including a stints as an opera singing jester at the Medieval Manor (though his complete lack of hand-eye coordination made juggling an insurmountable challenge) and the desk manager of a high end hair salon.
Today, Anthony can be found living with his younger brother (a Berklee jazz voice student), renting and selling apartments in the Back Bay, Beacon Hill, and South End areas by day, singing with numerous professional ensembles by night, and occasionally tossing in an operatic role here and there for the sake of variety. Favorite recent roles include Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Donna Agata in Viva la Mamma, and Doctor Pangloss in Candide. Outside of the music world, his interests are mostly limited to eating as many dessert items as possible and leaping into handstands at the slightest provocation.