B i o g r a p h y
Hailed as “an exceptional young soprano” by Opera
magazine UK (February 2017), Anna-Louise Cole is an
Australian young dramatic soprano, and a former
member of Opera Australia’s Moffat Oxenbould Young
For Opera Australia, Anna-Louise made her title role
debut as Aïda for Griffith Opera on the Beach in 2017.
She has also performed the roles of Crobyle in Thaïs,
Gerhilde in Die Walküre and the Dritte Norn in
Götterdämmerung in the 2016 Melbourne Ring, and was
nominated for a 2017 Green Room Award for best
Female in a Supporting Role for these performances.
In 2022 Anna-Louise will make her title role debut at the Sydney Opera House as Turandot for Opera Australia. She will also return to Victorian Opera to perform Chrysothemis in concert at Hamer Hall in September.
Anna-Louise was scheduled make her role debuts as Sieglinde in cycles one and two, and Brünnhilde in cycle three in Opera Australia’s new Ring Cycle, sharing the roles with Olivia Cranwell and Lise Lindstrom, currently postponed from both 2020 and 2021 due to Covid-19.
In 2018 Anna-Louise 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 continued regular concert appearances for Opera Australia at the Sydney Opera House, with the Opera Australia Orchestra at Mazda Opera in the Domain, broadcast live on ABC Classic FM and with Orchestra Victoria at Mazda Opera in the Bowl.
For Opera Australia, Anna-Louise has understudied the title roles in Turandot and Salome, Sieglinde in Die Walküre and the roles of Praskovia Osipovna / Bubliki / Presenter in Shostakovich’s The Nose.
As the winner of Opera Foundation for young Australians Vienna State Opera Award, Anna-Louise worked in the principal ensemble of the Wiener Staatsoper from January–June 2017, where she performed the role of Melanie in the new Kinderoper Patchwork, and understudied numerous roles including the title role in Tosca, Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) and Amelia (Un Ballo in Maschera).
With other companies, Anna-Louise has performed roles including the title role in Tosca, Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte) and der Friedensbote (Rienzi) with companies including the Victorian Opera and Melbourne Opera.
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, including the AIMS and Sundell Study Awards, the Elizabeth Connell International Singing Competition for Dramatic Sopranos, the Herald Sun Aria, the German Opera Scholarship and the Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship 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 C Minor and recitals of operatic arias and Lieder, including Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder, Lieder by R Strauss and J Marx, and Berg’s 7 frühe Lieder.
For further information please see: https://opera.org.au/artists/anna-louise-cole