Blessed with a thrilling voice and a gift for mimicry, Anthony has been able to inhabit an extraordinary diversity of roles from high opera to musical comedy, and his versatility has enthralled Australian audiences ever since his 1981 debut with the Australian opera at the age of 19 in Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
After working closely with the company’s Musical Director, Richard Bonynge, he was awarded the ‘Joan Sutherland Scholarship’ and asked to prepare the role Papageno in Mozart’s The Magic Flute which he performed in 1984 to critical acclaim. He was asked to remain with the company as a principal artist and in the ensuing years, his repertoire grew to include roles in La Boheme, Tosca, Otello, The Tales of Hoffman (with Dame Joan Sutherland), Romeo & Juliet, La Fanciulla del West and Don Giovanni. 1987 saw his return to The Australian Opera after success in Guys and Dolls and his one man show A Song to Sing O (a theatrical biography of George Grossmith, the creator of W.S. Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan’s comic baritone roles and the author of the classic Diary of a Nobody) for a season of Emmerich Kalman’s Countess Maritza as well as his signing to play the role of Enjolras in the Australian production of Les Miserables directed by Trevor Nunn. His performance is featured on the Grammy Award winning international Cast Recording of the production.
In 1990 Anthony was chosen by director Hal Prince to play the role of the Phantom in Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘The Phantom of the Opera’. His portrayal of the role was regarded as one of the finest in the world and earned him several industry awards.
In 1991 he was the recipient of the prestigious ‘Advance Australia’ award for contribution to Music Theatre.
The following years saw Anthony battle lymphoma, record successful albums and receive a myriad of industry awards, as well as perform in his national sell-out tour Back in the Swing.
In 1993 he was invited to play the role of Henry Higgins in the Victoria State Opera’s production of My Fair Lady, a sell-out season for the company and a role he has enjoyed performing in several seasons around the country. Anthony made a long awaited return to The Australian Opera in 1995, playing the role of Archibald Grosvenor in their acclaimed production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s operetta Patience. Later that year he went on to star in the multi-award winning musical The Secret Garden as Archibald Craven. In July 1996 he released The Best of Act One, a compilation of his recordings to date which achieved platinum status. From July to September 1996, Anthony performed with Sarah Brightman in The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber throughout Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong. This was followed by his debut solo tour of Japan. In 1997 Anthony returned to the role of Henry Higgins at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre. With the newly formed Opera Australia, he revived his role of Eisenstein in a new production of Strauss’s Die Fledermaus. In 1998, Anthony was honoured by the nation and the National Trust, being elected Living National Treasure.
That same year he starred in the smash hit Australian tour of Grease - The Arena Spectacular, receiving critical acclaim for his portrayal of Teen Angel. Anthony recorded his two show-stopping hits from Grease on his Skylark Records label, with the proceeds of the CD being donated to The Sydney Cancer Centre and The Heart Research Institute. Later in the year, Anthony joined Olivia Newton-John and John Farnham in The Main Event, which outsold all international acts in Australia in 1998. The Main Event produced a #1 album Highlights from The Main Event, (now multi platinum).
In November 1999, Anthony returned to the Opera as Papageno in Opera Australia’s Melbourne season of The Magic Flute. In 2000 Anthony starred as Daddy Warbucks in the hit musical Annie. A new song, Why Should I Change a Thing, was written for him creating Music Theatre history and changing Annie forever. Later that year, he was reunited with Olivia Newton-John and John Farnham for two one-off shows of The Main Event in Mount Isa and Darwin. 2002 saw Anthony performing the dual roles of Cervantes & Don Quixote to critical acclaim in the Australian production of Man of La Mancha. The following year he made a long awaited return to the recording studio to produce his first solo album in 10 years – Face The Music, a celebration of Big Band Swing from the 50’s & 60’s. He has also produced a narrated work based on Paul Gallico’s classic tale The Snow Goose with the London Symphony Orchestra. In 2004 Anthony teamed up with Lesley Garrett for the 20th anniversary celebrations at Leeuwin Estate as well as revisiting Opera Australia for their Melbourne Season of G&S’s Mikado.
In 2005 Anthony returned to the world of Gilbert & Sullivan with Opera Australia, performing in two new productions of HMS Pinafore and Trial by Jury. He recorded an album of Victorian ballads and duets with Tenor David Hobson (Tenor & Baritone) and rejoined Lesley Garrett once more for Concerts around the country. He also spent time with Australia’s Symphony Orchestras in solo performances.
2006 found Anthony revisiting his operatic family, placing his inimitable stamp on Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘Pirate King’ in Stuart Maunder’s new production of The Pirates of Penzance.
In 2007 he recreated his critically acclaimed performance of the Phantom in Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘The Phantom of The Opera. He donned the mask for over 2 years and his performances were acclaimed both critically and publicly.
He returned to the Opera in 2010 in his first Sondheim musical, ‘A Little Night Music’ and finished the year with a healthy serving of piratical romping once more as the ‘Pirate King’.
2011 saw his creation of Dr. Yurii Zhivago in the Australian premier production of “Dr. Zhivago” the Musical. Based on the Nobel Prize winning novel by Boris Pasternak with a score by Lucy Simon (The Secret Garden).
Anthony was thrilled to be asked to help celebrate the 25th Anniversary of “The Phantom of the Opera” at London’s Royal Albert Hall in October of last year.
This year he made a joyus return to the role of Oliver ‘Daddy’ Warbucks after the highly successful production of 2000.
Anthony is about to make his Broadway debut with the role this fall at New York’s ‘Palace’ Theatre.