Hailed as “an exceptional young soprano” by Opera magazine UK (February 2017), Anna-Louise Cole is an Australian young dramatic soprano, and currently a member of Opera Australia’s Moffat Oxenbould Young Artist Program.
In 2017 Anna-Louise made her title role debut for Opera Australia as Aïda for Griffith Opera on the Beach in September. She also performed the role of Crobyle in Thaïs for Opera Australia in July, and worked in the principal ensemble of the Wiener Staatsoper from January – June 2017 as the winner of the Opera Foundation for Young Australians Vienna State Opera Award.
Anna-Louise performed the roles of Gerhilde in Die Walküre and the Dritte Norn in Götterdämmerung in the 2016 Melbourne Ring for Opera Australia, and was nominated for a 2017 Green Room Award for best Female in a Supporting Role for these performances. As part of the 2016 Ring Festival she also performed excerpts of Sieglinde (Act 1) from Die Walküre for Opera Australia in private concerts.
With other companies, Anna-Louise has performed roles including the title role in Tosca, Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte), der Friedensbote (Rienzi) and Melanie in the Kinderoper Patchwork with companies including the Wiener Staatsoper, Victorian Opera and Melbourne Opera.
Anna-Louise has understudied the role of Sieglinde in Die Walküre for Opera Australia and the Wiener Staatsoper, as well as Tosca, Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) and Amelia (Un Ballo in Maschera) for the Wiener Staatsoper.
In 2018 Anna-Louise joined Opera Australia’s Moffat Oxenbould Young Artist Program, understudied the title role in Opera Australia’s new production of Aïda, and the roles of Praskovia Osipovna / Bubliki / Presenter in Shostakovich’s The Nose, directed by Barrie Kosky. In December she made her debut in the Joan Sutherland Theatre at the Sydney Opera House as a soloist in Opera Australia’s Great Opera Hits concert series.
In 2019 Anna-Louise continues regular concert appearances for Opera Australia at the Sydney Opera House and with the Opera Australia Orchestra at Mazda Opera in the Domain, broadcast live on ABC Classic FM. Further, she understudies the title roles in both Turandot and Salome.
Born in Melbourne, Australia, Anna-Louise holds a BA Hons in German and a BMus Hons in Music Performance (Voice) from the University of Melbourne. During her degrees, Anna-Louise also studied at the Kunst Universität Graz, Austria and Karl-Ludwigs Universität, in Freiburg, Germany, through scholarships from Melbourne Abroad and the Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst.
Anna-Louise has been a winner and finalist in many singing competitions, and in 2016 was a finalist in the Elizabeth Connell International Singing Competition for Dramatic Sopranos, and won the Vienna State Opera Award from the Opera Foundation for Young Australians.
Anna-Louise has appeared in numerous opportunities on the concert platform and in recital in Melbourne, Sydney and Vienna. Highlights have included performances of the soprano solos in Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Mozart’s Mass in B Minor and recitals of operatic arias and Lieder, including Berg’s 7 frühe Lieder.
Anna-Louise’s position at Opera Australia is supported by Opera Society from the Eleanor Blakemore Bequest.
For further information please see: https://opera.org.au/artists/anna-louise-cole