Since winning the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in 2002, baritone Anton Belov has expanded his career to reach major opera houses and concert halls across the United States. His voice has been called rich and mellifluous by the New York Times, while the Florida Weekly compared his performance to casting a mystical spell over the audience.
A graduate of the Juilliard Opera Center, he has appeared with numerous companies and orchestras throughout the United States and has earned critical acclaim for his portrayals of characters as diverse as Count di Luna (Il Trovatore), Don Giovanni, Escamillo (Carmen), Germont (La Traviata), Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Doctor Malatesta (Don Pasquale), and Eugene Onegin. Dr. Belov performed throughout the United States appearing with Boston Lyric Opera, Portland Opera, Opera Boston, Opera Delaware, Connecticut Grand Opera, Tacoma Opera, Opera New Jersey, Anchorage and Eugene Operas among others.
Equally at home with oratorio and concert repertoire, Mr. Belov presented over 100 recitals throughout the United States appearing at such venues as Carnegie Recital Hall in New York City and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
The highlights of his concert career include Rachmaninoff’s "Bells" at Symphony Hall in Boston, Handel’s “Messiah” at Avery Fischer Hall in New York City, Brahms’ “Requiem” at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Verdi’s “Requiem” with the Anchorage Concert Chorus; and Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins with the Detroit Symphony at Carnegie Hall. His concert resume also includes multiple performances of Beethoven’s iconic Ninth Symphony with the orchestras of Hartford, Connecticut; Bozeman, Montana; Charlottesville, Virginia; Huntsville, Alabama; and Kalamazoo, Michigan; among others. In addition, he has appeared with the Colorado Symphony, Eugene Concert Choir, Boston Baroque, the Wyoming Symphony, the California Symphony, Opera Orchestra of New York, the Oregon Symphony, the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Rhode Island Philharmonic and the Portland Chamber Orchestra.
His pre-pandemic schedule included the title role in “Eugene Onegin” with the Northern Lights Festival in Minnesota, the title role in “Nosferatu” by Alva Henderson at the Rimrock Opera, Germont in “La Traviata with Vashon Opera; the role of the Pilot in the “Little Prince” with Opera Theater Oregon; Rachmaninoff’s “The Bell’s” with Nashville Symphony Orchestra; Mozart’s Grand Mass in C minor with the Eugene Concert Choir, Brahms’ “Requiem” at Benaroya Hall in Seattle; as well as two recital tours that included performances in Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Minneapolis and Vienna.
Mr. Belov is the first-place winner of numerous vocal competitions including the George London Competition, Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation International Competition, and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Eastern Regional Winner) and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. A native of Moscow, Mr. Belov holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from The New England Conservatory, an Artist’s Diploma and a Master of Music Degree from The Juilliard School and the Doctorate of Music from Boston University. A specialist in Russian lyric diction, he is the author of Russian Opera Libretti in Word-to-Word Translation and IPA Transcription and the Anthology of Russian Arias (Leyerle Publications 2004-06) and the Anthology of Russian Art Song (Classical Vocal Reprints, 2015).
Since the beginning of the Ukraine War, Mr. Belov has been outspoken in his criticism of the Russian invasion. He has been instrumental in producing numerous benefit concerts that to date raised over $40,000 for Ukrainian medical relief organizations.