Wollongong-born Anthony Warlow, 55, has been recognised as a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM).
Warlow was honoured for his significant service to the performing arts through contributions to opera and musical theatre as a singer, actor and entertainer. He was born in Wollongong in 1961 and has enjoyed a long and successful career as an Australian opera and musical theatre performer.
The classically trained lyric baritone won international acclaim for his role as the phantom in The Phantom of the Opera. He appeared in the original Australian production in 1990 and then again in 2006 and 2007 in Australia and New Zealand and then as a guest at the 25th anniversary production of The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Other leading and significant roles have been in The Secret Garden, Annie, Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady, Jekyll and Hyde, Man of La Mancha, A Little Night Music and Les Misérables. He also appeared in the Opera Australia production of The Pirates of Penzance.
His major opera roles have included Die Fledermaus, The Magic Flute, A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Tales of Hoffman.
In 1992 Warlow was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma when he was about to appear in the arena production of Jesus Christ Superstar. He has since done promotional work for the Leukaemia Foundation of Australia.
The Australia Day honour comes less than a year after Warlow was named best actor in a major US musical theatre award for his leading performance as Don Quixote which earned rave reviews in the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Man of La Mancha. In 2013 he won the Drama Desk award in the US for his role as Daddy Warbucks in a Broadway production of Annie.