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Brisbane, 22 December 2023
Anna-Louise received a 12 minute standing ovation and a series of five star reviews for her debut as Brünnhilde. Please see the Review page for excerpts and links.
Brisbane, 9 December 2023
Opera Australia's new production of the Ring has opened to rave reviews. Anna-Louise has received universal praise from critics for her role debut as Sieglinde in Die Walküre. Please see the Reviews page for detailed quotes and links.
Brisbane, 1 June 2023
Publicity to announce the new Opera Australia Ring Cycle has been shared across many media outlets in Brisbane, and across Australia. Please see the Photos page for selected images.
Melbourne, 28 May 2023
Rave reviews for Tannhäuser have been published across print and online media. Please see the Review page for further details.
Brisbane, 11 March 2023
Anna-Louise is delighted to have received rave reviews for her role debut as Lady Macbeth in Verdi's Macbeth for Opera Queensland and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Please see the reviews page for excerpts and links.
Brisbane, 6 March 2023
Anna-Louise is delighted to have been nominated for a Green Room Award for Outstanding Performance in a Lead Role for her performance as Chrysothemis in Elektra for Victorian Opera. She is particularly delighted to be nominated alongside her two co-stars, Catherine Foster and Deborah Humble in the same category, and that Elektra is also nominated for Outstanding Ensemble Performance. Congratulations to all nominees!
Sydney, 9 February 2023
Anna-Louise was delighted to discover her debut as Turandot for Opera Australia was reviewed inOpera Magazine (UK) in the July 2022 issue. Of Anna-Louise’s performance, Deborah Jones said: “On the positive side, Anna-Louise Cole’s first Turandot had the house cheering and stamping. Cole gave an unusually sympathetic and sensuous reading of the character, making far more sense than usual of Calaf’s coup de foudre. Her poise and intelligence come with a sumptuous, gleaming soprano and an undoubtedly bright future. All bodes well for Cole’s assumption of Brünnhilde in the third cycle of the much-delayed new OA Ring, now scheduled to be seen in Brisbane late next year (she follows Lise Lindstrom in the role, as she did in Turandot, and is the Sieglinde in the first two cycles).”
Bologna, 19 October 2022
Anna-Louise is delighted to be making her role debut as Lady Macbeth for Opera Queensland in March 2023, under the baton of Umberto Clerici, alongside Australian colleagues José Carbó and Rosario La Spina. Please see the Schedule page for further information.
Sydney, 27 September 2022
Anna-Louise is thrilled to announce her European mainstage debut as Elsa in Lohengrin for Teatro Communale di Bologna. Please see the Schedule page for further information.
Melbourne, 19 September 2022
Anna-Louise has received outstanding reviews for her role debut as Chrysothemis for Victorian Opera. Please see the Reviews page for quotes and links.
Melbourne, 30 August 2022
Opera Australia has announced its 2023 season, featuring Anna-Louise in three significant Wagnerian role debuts - Venus in Tannhäuser, and her long-awaited debuts as Sieglinde and Brünnhilde, alongside stellar Australian and international colleagues. For further information please see:
Berlin, 20 July 2022
Anna-Louise is thrilled to announce her collaboration with Zemsky Green Artists Management, for international representation. She is also delighted to continue working with Patrick Togher Artists’ Management across Australasia. For further information please see:
Sydney, 16 February 2022
Anna-Louise received overwhelmingly positive reviews for her debut as Turandot in both Limelight and Sounds Like Sydney. Please see the Reviews page for further details and excerpts.
Sydney, 10 January 2022
Anna-Louise appeared on ABC Radio National Breakfast, with Hamish Mcdonald and Turandot revival director Shane Placentino to discuss the opening of Turandot:
Sydney, 7 January 2022
Anna-Louise was the featured interviewee on Simon Moore's 2MBS Radio Breakfast program, discussing Turandot and all things opera. To listen back please see the following link (her interview begins at approximately 2hrs 7 minutes in):
Sydney, 17 December 2021
Anna-Louise features in Australia's Limelight Magazine, in an interview with Shamistha de Soysa:
Melbourne, 9 November 2021
Anna-Louise makes her role debut as Chrysothemis, returning to Victorian Opera for their 2022 season. The concert performance will take place in Hamer Hall on 14 September 2022, and Anna-Louise will appear alongside Catherine Foster in the title role, Deborah Humble, James Egglestone and Derek Welton. The performances will feature Orchestra Victoria and students from the Australian National Academy of Music, and will be conducted by Richard Mills, Victorian Opera’s Artistic Director:
Sydney, 6 October 2021
Anna-Louise will make her title role debut at the Sydney Opera House as Turandot for Opera Australia, alongside Ivan Gyngazov, Karah Son, Mariana Hong and others, under the batons of Renato Palumbo and Leonardo Sini: https://opera.org.au/productions/turandot-sydney/
Anna-Louise will also understudy the role of Elsa in Lohengrin for Opera Australia in Melbourne in May.
Sydney, 1 October 2021
Anna-Louise has joined the roster at Patrick Togher Artists Management. For further information please see:
Sydney, 19 August 2021
Opera Australia announced it has been forced to postpone the new production of the Ring for a second time, due to the Covid-19 pandemic:
Sydney, 14 August 2021
Anna-Louise is mentioned in international weekly digital publication Air Mail:
Sydney, 27 May 2021
Anna-Louise is thrilled to be returning to the stage of the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House for a series of Great Opera Hits concerts in July and August 2021. Tickets are available via Opera Australia:
Sydney, 22 February 2021
Opera Australia has just announced Anna-Louise will sing the role of Brünnhilde in the third cycle of the Ring in Brisbane 2021. Lise Lindstrom will sing Brünnhilde for the first two cycles, and Olivia Cranwell will sing Sieglinde for the third cycle. Limited seats are still available:
Sydney, 8 January 2021
Anna-Louise stars alongside Natalie Aroyan, Diego Torre,
the Opera Australia Chorus, the Opera Australia Orchestra
and Chorus in Opera is back: our longest interval is finally over,
a short musical film celebrating our return to the stage,
featuring some of our treasured artists and staff members.
Anna-Louise performs the aria Dich, teure Halle from
Wagner’s Tannhäuser with the Opera Australia Orchestra,
conducted by Tahu Matheson.
Sydney, 6 January 2021
Anna-Louise has been nominated as one of Australia’s 21 Hottest Creative Artists of 2021 by The Australian:
Sydney, 13 August 2020
Opera Australia has announced the new dates in 2021 for Chen Shi-Zheng’s new production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle.
Anna-Louise will make her debut as Sieglinde in Die Walküre in performances on 31 October, 8 November and 16 November 2021.
The production has been postponed from the originally announced dates in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions. For booking information and ticket sales please see: https://opera.org.au/ring
Sydney, 16 July 2020
Anna-Louise has starred in a feature on OA|TV, in an interview with Opera Australia’s Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini, and performing the Lied Hat dich die Liebe berührt by Joseph Marx, accompanied by Opera Australia’s Head of Music, Tahu Matheson.
The interview and song are available via this link:
The song only is available via this link:
Sydney, 31 March 2020
Anna-Louise is featured alongside colleagues Jacqueline Dark and Shane Lowrencev in Matthew Westwood’s feature article on Opera Australia’s rehearsals for its new Ring cycle:
Before lockdown, Opera Australia singers show they’re Ring …
Sydney, 3 October 2019
Anna-Louise is thrilled to be included as a “star of tomorrow” by Limelight, Australia’s classical music and arts magazine.
She is one of ten Australian singers profiled in Limelight’s article “Next Gen – 30 brilliant young musicians making their mark” in the October 2019 issue, available online and at all good newsagencies:
Sydney, 11 September 2019
Anna-Louise will be appearing in Opera Australia’s Australian premiere production of Aribert Reimann’s Ghost Sonata in the silent role of the Aged Fiancee, based on the play by Strindberg.
The production has short seasons in both Sydney and Melbourne. For information and ticket bookings please see:
Sydney, 13 June 2019
Anna-Louise is delighted to announce she will be making her role debut as Sieglinde in Die Walküre in Opera Australia’s new Ring Cycle in Brisbane in 2020, directed by Philippe Auguin and directed by Chen Shi-Zheng. Anna-Louise will also understudy the role of Brünnhilde across all operas.
For bookings and further information please see:
Sydney, 19 January 2019
Anna-Louise made her debut at Mazda Opera in the Domain for Opera Australia, performing in front of over 20,000 people, singing Ritorna Vincitor from Aïda and In questa Reggia from Turandot.
She shared the stage with soprano Stacey Alleaume, mezzo-soprano Sian Pendry, tenors Diego Torre and Shanul Sharma and baritone Jose Carbo.
The concert was broadcast live on ABC Classic FM and is available to listen back to via this link: https://www.abc.net.au/classic/evenings/opera-in-the-domain/10717638
Sydney, 17 January 2019
Anna-Louise sat down with Shanul Sharma for an interview with Cut Common Magazine about the upcoming Mazda Opera in the Domain concert.
Please find the link to the article here: https://www.cutcommonmag.com/these-young-artists-will-sing-to-20000-people-this-weekend/
Sydney, 23 December 2019
Anna-Louise made her debut as a soloist on the stage of the Joan Sutherland Theatre at the Sydney Opera House in the first of a series of Great Opera Hits with Opera Australia. She shared the stage with mezzo-soprano Agnes Sarkis, Tenors Shanul Sharma and Simon Kim, and Baritone Haotien Qi. Mezzo-soprano Celeste Haworth will replace Agnes in future concerts in 2019.
Melbourne, 20 January 2018
Anna-Louise enjoyed returning to the Melbourne Town Hall as a guest of the Melbourne Intervarsity Choral Festival to perform the soprano solos in Elgar’s rarely performed oratorio Light of Life, alongside mezzo soprano Liane Keegan, tenor Andrew Goodwin and baritone Raphael Wong.
Coolangatta, 22 and 29 September 2017
Anna-Louise performed the title role in Aïda for Griffith Opera on the Beach at Coolangatta. Unfortunately for all involved, the first performance on 22 September was cancelled shortly after the scheduled starting time due to a lightening storm! Thankfully the second performance on 29 September was a great success. Anna-Louise shared the stage with Sian Pendry as Amneris and Arnold Rawls as Radames, with Tahu Matheson conducting.
Sydney, 22 & 24 July, 2017
Anna-Louise performed the role of Crobyle in Thaïs for Opera Australia to acclaim in two sold out performances at the Sydney Town Hall.
Starring Nicole Car and Etienne Dupuis, the performances featured the Opera Australia Orchestra conducted by Guillaume Tournaire, alongside Anna Yun, Simon Kim, Richard Anderson, Sian Pendry, Jonathan McCauley and Alexander Hargreaves.
Vienna, Musiktheater Gesellschaft, Türkengasse 19, 1090, 12 May 2017 – Liederabend with pianist Jonathan Floril
Jumping in for an indisposed friend (Australian baritone James Roser), Anna-Louise performed a program featuring Berg’s 7 frühe Lieder and arias by Wagner, Mozart, Verdi and Puccini.
Vienna, Wiener Staatsoper Agrana Studiobühne, Walfischgasse, 11 May 2017 – Another jump in as “Melanie” in the Kinderoper Patchwork by Tristan Schulze und Johanna von der Deken
On Thursday 11 May 2017 Anna-Louise reprised the role of “Melanie” in the Kindeoper Patchwork by Tristan Schulze and Johanna von der Deken at the Wiener Staatsoper, on the Agrana Studiobühne, Walfischgasse. For further photos please see her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Annalouisecolesoprano/
Vienna, Wiener Staatsoper Agrana Studiobühne, Walfischgasse, 12 March 2017 – Jump in as “Melanie” in the Kinderoper Patchwork by Tristan Schulze und Johanna von der Deken
On Sunday 12 March 2017 at 11:00am Anna-Louise jumped in to sing the role of “Melanie” in the Kindeoper Patchwork by Tristan Schulze and Johanna von der Deken at the Wiener Staatsoper, on the Agrana Studiobühne, Walfischgasse. For further photos please see her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Annalouisecolesoprano/
Vienna, 24 February 2017 – Wiener Opernball 2017
Anna-Louise attended the 2017 Wiener Opernball on Thursday 23 February 2017 as a member of the Solistenensemble, wearing a custom made deep blue velvet gown by Australian couturier Linda Britten (http://lindabritten.com/).
Photo courtesy of the Wiener Staatsoper – for further photos of the evening please see: https://www.facebook.com/pg/wiener.staatsoper/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10158342986075717 and Anna-Louise’s Facebook page:
Vienna, 21 February 2017 – Green Room Award Nomination
Anna-Louise is delighted to have been nominated for the Green Room Award for Female in a Supporting Role in the Opera category for her roles of Gerhilde and Dritte Norn in Opera Australia’s Ring Cycle in November – December 2016, alongside many esteemed colleagues and friends. The 2017 Green Room Awards Ceremony will be held at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre on Monday 27 March 2017.
Melbourne’s premier peer-presented, performing arts industry awards recognise excellence and innovation across a range of categories, including Cabaret, Contemporary and Experimental Performance, Dance, Independent Theatre, Music Theatre, Opera and Theatre Companies.
For a full list of nominees please see the Green Room Awards Association website: