Emerging young tenor Mark-Anthony Thomas, Andy in Treemonisha,is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. He is graduate of the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, where he studied vocal music and received a Certificate of Artistry under the tutelage of Phyllis Treigle. He was selected as a winner of the New Orleans Junior Philharmonic Society competition in 2009. In 2012 Mark-Anthony traveled to Italy to study opera with the Siena Summer Music Festival under the direction of Metropolitan Opera veteran Dana Talley.
Mark-Anthony is also a member of the New Orleans Opera Association chorus and has appeared in its productions of Madame Butterfly, La Bohème, Carmen, Tosca, Die Fledermaus, and Sweeney Todd. He performed the title role in the world premiere of Chris Burton's "The Self Portrait of Jonathan Jenkins" with New Fangled Opera, and in 2013 performed in Jennifer Jolley's "Krispy Kremes and Butter Queens" as the Angel/Announcer #2. He also has performed various roles and concerts in the greater New Orleans area, specifically productions at Loyola University New Orleans, including Puccini's Gianni Schicchi (Gherardo), Gounod's Romeo and Juliette (Tybalt), and most recently, Kurt Weill's Street Scene (Daniel Buchanan). Mark-Anthony appeared in Nicholls State University's production of Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" (Peter) in 2016.
Mark-Anthony received his Bachelor of Music from Loyola University New Orleans in 2017 and is now working there towards his Master's, studying with internationally acclaimed artist Luretta Bybee.