Baritone Patrick Keefe is in his first year of Royal Academy Opera, studying with Mark Wildman and Jonathan Papp

Prior to this he studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Robert Dean and Peter Robinson, and at the University of Oxford, where he completed a BA (Hons) in Music and a Master’s in Music Theory and Composition, which he passed with distinction. At university, he was a choral scholar and later the Peter Phillips Scholar in the Choir of Merton College.

With Royal Academy Opera he has recently enjoyed performing the roles of Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte. Upcoming roles include Don Parmenione in L’occasione fa il ladro for British Youth Opera in August.

Patrick has a strong interest in both historical performance and contemporary music, alongside the core operatic repertoire. At the Guildhall he workshopped a role for a new Royal Opera House commission (She Described it to Death), and performed with the BBC Singers in the UK premiere of David Lang's A Prisoner of the State at the Barbican. He is active as a concert and oratorio soloist, and looks forward to appearing alongside James Hall and Nick Pritchard in the opening concert of the Vache Baroque Festival in August, and to performing the B minor Mass at St John's Smith Square in September alongside Mary Bevan.

Patrick is an Opera Prelude Young Artist, and is grateful to have had his studies supported by the D'Oyly Carte Memorial Award, Fordyce Award, Behren's Foundation and Help Musicians UK Sybil Tutton Award.

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