On the Couch with Anthony Mackey 

Anthony-Mackey-AAR-On-the-CouchWho is Anthony Mackey?
A singer who loves performing many genres and styles of music but who is happy and blessed to be employed full time as an opera singer and member of the Opera Australia Chorus.

What would you do differently from what you do now?
I’d try to find more down-time in my week for my husband, family and friends.

Who inspires you and why?
A lot of my colleagues constantly amaze me with their dedication and energy to their art-form, but my father has inspired me greatly – his drive, his tenacity, the ethical manner in which he conducts his business.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I try to perform small acts of kindness regularly. In the future when I have more time I would like to volunteer more of my energy and effort to benefit the community.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
The next one on my itinerary – Italy. For the food, the culture, the people and the opera. And I’ll be travelling with my partner, we have fun times travelling together.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
One of the many long walks around Sydney Harbour is still one of this city’s best day adventures.

What are you currently reading?
Real Life by Brandon Taylor.

What are you currently listening to?
Gemini Rights
– Steve Lacy’s last album.

Happiness is?
Living a balanced and full life.

What does the future hold for you?
Opera Australia is keeping me busy at the moment which keeps me out of trouble and for which I’m grateful. I’m singing the roles of Quinault in Adriana Lecouvreur and the Page in Roberto Devereux in Concert. Whatever it holds, I’ll be the one up the back having fun with mates and trying not to take things too seriously.

Anthony can be seen as Quinault in Opera Australia’s production of Adriana Lecouvreur – which plays the Joan Sutherland Theatre – Sydney Opera House from 20 February. Anthony can also be seen as the Page in Roberto Devereux in Concert – which will be presented in the Joan Sutherland Theatre: 16 & 18 March 2023.

Image: Anthony Mackey (supplied)