Anna Dowsley has established herself as an exciting, up-and-coming Australian mezzo-soprano.
She made her international opera debut singing Dorabella (Così fan tutte) with Tokyo Arts Foundation in March 2013. In Australia, Anna has often been engaged by Sydney Chamber Opera, performing the staged-version of JS Bach’s solo cantata BWV 82 Ich habe genug and the role of Lapák (The Cunning Little Vixen).
2012 marked a successful year for Anna in a number of Australian vocal competitions. Anna was the recipient of the Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship (Opera Foundation Australia) and the prestigious Marianne Mathy Scholarship (IFAC Australian Singing Competition). She was also awarded first prize in the Opera & Arts Support Group Vocal Scholarship and Open Opera Awards (Sydney Eisteddfod).
Following her successes in Australia, Anna spent the 2012/13 season furthering her opera studies throughout the United States and Europe. In New York City, she studied with coaches from the Metropolitan Opera House, Juilliard School of Music and Mannes Opera Studio. Anna was then chosen to participate in the prestigious International Vocal Arts Institute opera program in Virginia and in the Siena Music Festival in Tuscany, where she performed the role of Le Prince Charmant (Cendrillon).
She has frequently appeared as guest soloist with Australian choirs and orchestras, including performances of Verdi’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle. In the Australian Ballet’s 2013 “Vanguard” season, Anna was a mezzo-soprano soloist for their ballet Bella Figura, performing excerpts of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater.
Anna has often been selected to sing in Australian and international masterclass series, including those run by opera legends Susan Graham, Dawn Upshaw and Renata Scotto.
Anna received her Bachelor of Music and Advanced Diploma of Opera from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.