WESFARMERS ARTS YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAM
Paull-Anthony Keightley (Bass -baritone), Rebecca Bunn (Soprano) and Fleuranne Brockway (Mezzo soprano) are the 2017 Young Artists in West Australian Opera’s Wesfarmers Arts Young Artists Program.
The Young Artist program has been created to assist the continued development of young artists at a turning point in their development. The program will offer the artist coachings with the Artistic Director and the Head of Music, as well as performance opportunities.
Paull-Anthony, Rebecca and Fleuranne are also the joint recipients of The Bendat Scholarship which is awarded annually to support travel and/or coaching opportunities. The scholarship will assist them with singing lessons.
YOUNG ARTISTS 2017
PAULL-ANTHONY KEIGHTLEY (BASS)
Paull-Anthony made his principal debut with West Australian Opera in Gianni Schicchi while he was the 2016 Wesfarmers Young Artist. He recently appeared as Sciarrone in company’s production of Tosca while continuing as a member of the Young Artist Program.
Paull-Anthony’s other operatic credits include Colline in La Bohème, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Frank in Die Fledermaus, Baptista in the Australian Premier of Goetz’s The Taming of the Shrew, Fiorello in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Rev. Mr. Jones, Major Peter Labelliere, Alderman Birch, Mr. Worrall and Phillip Thicknesse in English Eccentrics, Gloster Heming in The Mother of us All, Pasquale in Orlando Paladino and Don Andronico in Don Procopio.
In concert he has appeared as the title role in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Baritone soloist in Faure’s Requiem, Bass Soloist in Bach’s Cantata BWV. 147, Bass Soloist in Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Bass Soloist in Mozart’s Missa Brevis in F major.
Paull-Anthony Keightley is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. He was a finalist in the Fremantle Eisteddfod Open Aria competition and won first place at the North of Perth Eisteddfod and the Royal Over-Seas League Singing Competition. He was awarded scholarships from the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund, the Australian Music Foundation and the Royal Schools of Music Club.
REBECCA BUNN (SOPRANO)
Soprano Rebecca Bunn studied at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, completing a Graduate Diploma, Bachelor and Advanced Diploma of Music. Throughout university and the years following, Rebecca studied as a mezzo-soprano and made the switch to soprano over the last year.
As a 2017 Wesfarmers Young Artist with the West Australian Opera and Recipient of the Bendat Scholarship, Rebecca will work closely with the company music director, directors, conductors and music staff on improving the broad variety of skills required for success as a singer. Rebecca has been working with West Australian Opera as a regular chorus member since 2015 performing in Tosca 2017, Le Pêcheurs de Perles 2016, L’elisir d’amore 2016, Faust 2015, Anthony Minghella’s Olivier Award-winning production of Madama Butterfly 2015 and Die Fledermaus 2011. Future engagements include The Merry Widow 2017 and Lucia di Lammermoor 2017.
In 2015, Rebecca travelled to Italy to complete an Opera focused summer school program at ‘Music Academy International’ (with Guest Artist Deborah Voigt) where she performed the role of La Ciesca from Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and covered the role of Gertrude in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel. In October 2014, Rebecca was invited to cover the lead role of Jo March in Mark Adamo’s opera Little Women at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, a role she had previously performed at the end of 2013 with the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
FLEURANNE BROCKWAY (MEZZO SOPRANO)
Praised for her “lusciously dark centred” voice by the Herald Sun, Fleuranne Brockway is an exciting young mezzo soprano from Perth. Born in Australia, she completed her Bachelor of Music in Classical Vocal Performance under the tutelage of Megan Sutton at the University of Western Australia. She has since furthered her vocal studies working with Gregory Yurisich AM and attending the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School on a full scholarship for the past three years. Last year, Fleuranne joined Victorian Opera as one of their Developing Artists for 2016. She made her company debut with Victorian Opera in the role of Madame de la Haltière in Massenet’s Cendrillon, and originated the role of Mrs Mayor in the world premiere of Richard Mill’s opera, The Pied Piper.
In 2015, Fleuranne made her debut with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra as Cherubino in scenes from Le Nozze di Figaro. In 2016, Fleuranne was selected as a semi-finalist in the Mietta Song Competition, Australian Singing Competition, and a finalist in the NFA Joan Sutherland Award. She is a previous winner of the North of Perth Music Festival and two-time finalist for the Fremantle Eisteddfod.
This year, Fleuranne joins West Australian Opera as one of their Wesfarmer’s Young Artists and is a joint recipient of the Bendat Scholarship. Highlights of 2017 include; being selected as a participant at the WAAPA International Art Song Festival with Dennis O’Neill CBE and Dr Graham Johnson, a finalist in the Australian International Opera Award.
Wesfarmers Arts Mentored Artists are generously supported by Principal Partner Wesfarmers.
The Bendat Scholarship is generously provided by the Bendat Family.
The West Australian Opera Young Artist Program receives support from Wesfarmers Arts, Bel canto Fund, Bendat Family Foundation, Simon Lee Foundation, James Galvin Family Foundation and The Society of WA Opera Lovers Inc.
WESFARMERS ARTS YOUNG ARTIST ALUMNI (2016)
2016 Young Artist Alumni have performed productions including:
Paull-Anthony Keighley as Pinellino in Gianni Schicchi (2016). In 2017 he will sing Sciarrone in Tosca.
WESFARMERS ARTS MENTORED ARTIST ALUMNI (2015)
2015 Mentored Artist Alumni have performed productions including:
Sam Roberts-Smith as Marco in Gianni Schicchi and Zurga in The Pearl Fishers (October/November 2016)
Ileana Rinaldi as Marthe in Faust and La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi
WESFARMERS ARTS YOUNG ARTIST ALUMNI (2014)
2014 Young Artist Alumni performed in productions including:
James Clayton as Iago in Otello, Papageno in The Magic Flute, Count di Luna in Il Trovatore, Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro and Scully in The Riders
Katja Webb as Pamina in The Magic Flute
Fiona Campbell as Emilia in Otello, Second Lady in The Magic Flute, Ines in Il Trovatore, Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro, Siebel in Faust
Caitlin Cassidy as Third Lady in The Magic Flute
Sarah Guilmartin as First Lady in The Magic Flute
Richard Symons as Priest of the Temple in The Magic Flute
Jennifer Barrington as Papagena in The Magic Flute
Mark Alderson as the Solider in Il Trovatore, Wagner in Faust
Fiona Campbell & Sara Macliver featured in the Wesfarmers Centenary Community Concert at Northam on Saturday, 12 April 2014