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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.

Hailed by Opera News for his “smooth baritone”, West Australian Opera’s Wesfarmers Young Artist Paull-Anthony Keightley is a recent graduate of Manhattan School of Music, which he attended after completing his undergraduate studies at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). He 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. He is the recipient of awards from the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund and the Australian Music Foundation.

In Australia and America Paull-Anthony’s operatic credits include Frank Die Fledermaus, Leporello Don Giovanni, Papageno Die Zauberflöte, 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 and Pasquale in Orlando Paladino.

In concert he has appeared in the title role in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, as Bass Soloist in Rossini’s Stabat Mater, as Bass Soloist in Mozart’s Missa Brevis in F major and as a soloist at the annual Vienna Pops at the Perth Concert Hall. He has given significant recitals of the works of Tchaikovsky, Vaughan Williams, Ravel and Schumann. Since returning to Australia, Mr. Keightley participated in the WAAPA International Art Song Festival and joined West Australian Opera singing Pinellino in Gianni Schicchi and appearing in productions of Faust, L’elisir d’amore and Les pêcheurs de perles.

Rebecca Bunn studied at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, completing her Postgraduate Diploma at the end of 2013. During her studies at WAAPA, Rebecca became enamoured with the classical vocal repertory and can’t imagine a world without opera, art song and the classical style of singing.

In October 2015, Rebecca was invited to cover the lead role of Jo March in Mark Adamo’s opera Little Women at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, a role she had performed at the end of 2013 with the WAAPA Vocal Department.

As a soloist, Rebecca has performed in Duruflé’s Requiem (2013), Goetz’s Taming of the Shrew (2012), Mendelssohn’s Elijah (2012), Rossini’s Stabat Mater (2011) and more. Rebecca is preparing to audition for a 2016 Summer School Program in Italy to further her vocal training.

Fleuranne is completing a Bachelor of Music and Laws at the University of Western Australia. Aside from her studies she has been a member of the West Australian Opera Chorus since 2013.

Solo highlights include making her debut as Cherubino in scenes with Queensland Symphony Orchestra in 2015. Performing scenes from Carmen, Le Cinesi and Le Nozze di Figaro at the 2014 and 2015 Lisa Gasteen National Opera School Gala Concerts.

In 2014, Fleuranne made her role debut as Pitti-Sing with ICW Productions. Concert work includes the alto soloist in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Mozart’s Coronation Mass.  Fleuranne has been the recipient of many awards and scholarships including first place in the North of Perth Vocal Championship 2015 and a full scholarship to attend the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School. Fleuranne was in Victorian Opera’s developing artist program in 2016.

Fleuranne has been in the West Australian Opera Chorus for Don Giovanni, (2013), La Boheme (2013), Otello (2014), The Magic Flute (2014), Il Trovatore (2014), Wesfarmers Centenary Concert (2014), Madama Butterfly (2015), The Marriage of Figaro (2015), Faust (2015).

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.

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.

2015 Mentored Artist Alumni have performed productions including:
Sam Roberts-Smith as Marco in Gianni Schicchi and will perform the role of Zurga in The Pearl Fishers (October/November 2016)
Ileana Rinaldi as Marthe in Faust and La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi

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