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Anna-Louise Cole’s stunning 2022 début as Turandot for
Opera Australia at the Sydney Opera House thrilled
critics and audiences alike. Limelight Magazine spoke
of her “glorious lush voice with rich depth and warmth.
Her top notes are brilliant, but she is impressive across
her entire register.” Sounds Like Sydney said "it was a
tremendously poised performance from this young artist,
who impressed with her deep musical sensitivity, dramatic
talent and mastery of her precociously powerful voice.
Her voice has laser-like focus but loses none of its beauty
either in solo or when it rises like a shaft of light above
the ensemble, chorus and orchestra."
Her recent role debut as Chrysothemis for Victorian Opera alongside Catherine Foster, Deborah Humble and Derek Welton was also highly acclaimed. Classic Melbourne said Cole’s “passionate singing featured the vocal amplitude of her colleagues, her final ringing top note simply astonishing in its power”. Limelight said “Leading the locals was Anna-Louise Cole, whose […] bright, agile soprano consistently impressed, but that high note in the final duet with Foster was jaw-dropping.” The Australian Arts Review said “Not alone in performance stature, Foster was surrounded by luxury Australian casting. Soprano Anna-Louise Cole’s star trajectory gathered further strength with a penetrating, radiant and affectingly characterised performance as Elektra’s conflicted sister, Chrysothemis, her final duet with Foster as they praise their brother’s actions in Hörst du denn nicht? (Don’t you hear?), a thrilling and cementing display of her world-class qualities.”
Future engagements include role debuts as Elsa in Lohengrin at the Teatro Communale di Bologna and Lady Macbeth for Opera Queensland. For Opera Australia, in 2023 Anna-Louise will debut as Venus in Tannhäuser, and Brünnhilde in the new production of Der Ring des Nibelungen – after singing Sieglinde in earlier performances of Die Walküre.
Anna-Louise Cole is an Australian young dramatic soprano, and a former member of Opera Australia’s Moffat Oxenbould Young Artist Program, currently based in Germany.
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 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 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, Aïda and Salome, Sieglinde in Die Walküre, Elsa in Lohengrin and the roles of Praskovia Osipovna / Bubliki / Presenter in Shostakovich’s The Nose, among others.
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