Paull-Anthony Keightley
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Paull-Anthony Keightley

Dame Joan Sutherland Fund recipient, Baritone
Origin: Perth, Australia
Currently based: New York, United States


Paull-Anthony Keightley is a first year Master's degree candidate studying with Maitland Peters. He graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) with both a Bachelor of Music and Graduate Diploma of Music. Mr. Keightley’s operatic credits at WAAPA included Rev. Mr Jones, Major Peter Labelliere, Alderman Birch, Mr. Worrall and Phillip Thicknesse in English Eccentrics, Frank in Die Fledermaus and Baptista in the Australian Premier of Goetz’s The Taming of the Shrew. He recently performed as Littore, Famigliari and Tribuno in L'incoronazione di Poppea at the Manhattan Summer Voice Festival. His scene work includes Count Almaviva from Le nozze di Figaro, Dr. Malatesta from Don Pasquale, Papageno from Die Zauberflöte, Nick Shadow from The Rake’s Progress and Marcello from La bohème. On the concert platform, Mr. Keightley has appeared in the title role in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, as Bass Soloist in Rossini’s Stabat Mater, as Baritone soloist at the annual Vienna Pops at the Perth Concert Hall and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle. As a recitalist he has performed with Sharolyn Kimmorley and has presented recitals of Tchaikovsky and Vaughan Williams with Art Song Perth. In 2012 Mr. Keightley was a finalist in the Fremantle Eisteddfod Open Aria competition and won first place at the North of Perth Eisteddfod. He was awarded the Royal Schools of Music Club Anniversary scholarship and won the Royal Over-Seas League Singing Competition.

Who are you as an artist?
I am an Australian Baritone currently based in New York; who is completing my Masters of Music at Manhattan School of Music. I am a lover of Opera, Art song and concert works equally.
What prompted you to come to the US?
America has a long history of training young singers who are fully equipped with what it takes to have successful careers as classical singers.
What did your course/project involve?
I have just completed the first year of my Masters where I performed on the opera stage at Manhattan School of Music and companies throughout the city, as well as performing recitals of art song. I have been refining my technical vocal abilities as well as musical expression and many of the European languages used in classical singing.
What were the highlights of your experience?
I sang Papageno in 'Die Zauberflöte' with New York Opera Exchange, covered Pasquale in 'Orlando Paladino' and sang Gloster Heming in 'The Mother of Us All' at Manhattan School of Music. Each of these shows were amazing to be a part of - working with professionals who are at the highest level taught me just as much as working with up and coming companies. This made each experience unique and special for the individual production.
Where did you find inspiration? 
Being surrounded by the amazing faculty and my fellow colleagues at Manhattan School of Music on a daily basis ALWAYS gave me inspiration. Not to mention the students at the two other conservatories in the city, Juilliard and Mannes College. Also I have over 20 trips to the Met this season the see the world's best singers - Renee Fleming, Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Florez, Lawrence Brownlee, Diana Damrau just to name a few!
What will you take away from this experience?
More than I can ever put into words - I have learned more about myself as a singer, an artist and as a person in this last year then ever before. This whole experience has absolutely been life changing.
What is your favorite piece of work that resulted from this experience?
Papageno has always been a role I've wanted to play, so having the opportunity in New York was a very special one!
What are you currently working on?
I am currently a young artists with the West Australian Opera and am making my role debut as First Lady in the Magic Flute with the company next month. I have recently been awarded a scholarship to attend the professional studies program at the Mannes school in New York and will be re-locating there in September 2014.
What advice would you give other artists aspiring to come to the US?
Absolutely do everything in your power to make it happen! If you choose to stay for a long time or just a short time, you will learn so much for the Arts scene present in this country.  
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