Biography

Hailed as “an exceptional young soprano” by Opera magazine UK (February 2017), Anna-Louise Cole is an Australian soprano.

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, as well as Tosca, Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) and Amelia (Un Ballo in Maschera) for the Wiener Staatsoper. In 2018 Anna-Louise will understudy 10 performances of the title role in Opera Australia’s new production of Aïda, as well as the roles of Praskovia Osipovna / Bubliki / Presenter in Shostakovich’s The Nose, directed by Barrie Kosky.

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.