Tobias Cole

Counter Tenor


Tobias Cole is one of Australia’s most successful counter-tenors, having performed throughout Australia, the UK and USA.

Tobias was the recipient of a Churchill Fellowship in 1993 which enabled him to study with Ashley Stafford at the Royal College of Music in London. In 2002 he won the Metropolitan Opera Young Artist Study Award, spending three months studying in New York at The Met. Later the same year, he performed the role of Athamas in Pinchgut Opera's Semele at City Recital Hall, Angel Place (Sydney).

In 2004, he made his U.S. debut with the Chicago Opera Theatre playing Ottone in their acclaimed production of L’Incoronazione di Poppea, returning to sing Apollo in Death in Venice and again in 2005 to perform Oberon in Britten's A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other  engagements have included John Adams' El Nino, Orff’sCarmina Burana and various Bach cantatas all for Sydney Philharmonia, as well as covering the title role in Rinaldo and the Voice of Apollo in Death in Venicefor Opera Australia.

Tobias has sung with West Australian Opera (Orlando), Opera Queensland (Giulio Cesare), The Renaissance Players, The Song Company,Kent Opera (Masque of Dioclesian), The Australian Ballet (Pergolesi's Stabat Mater), at the London Handel Festival (Deidamia with director Keith Warner) and the English Bach Festival (The Fairy Queen).

Recent engagements have included Flight at the Adelaide Festival, Opera Australia’s Mozart Anniversary Concerts, Messiah for The Queensland Orchestra and Sydney Philharmonia, Dido and Aeneas, a Handel Gala and Vox ensemble all for Sydney Philharmonia, appearances in The Melbourne Festival, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, and St. John Passion for The Queensland Orchestra, This Show is About People for Sydney Festival, Force of Genius for Salut Baroque and Menage concerts for Musica Viva,  the title role in Julius Caesar and the role of Medoro in Orlando, both for Opera Australia, and the title role in Xerxes and Orff’s Carmina Burana for Victorian Opera

His opera engagements last year included Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Opera Australia, and Tolomeo in Julius Caesar for Victorian Opera.

In 2011, engagements include the title role in Xerxes for NBR New Zealand Opera, Studz in Alan John’s How to Kill Your Husband, Carmina Burana for West Australian Symphony Orchestra and the Queensland Music Festival, Bach’s B Minor Mass for Sydney Philharmonia, Saul for Sydney University Graduate Choir and the role of Roberto in Pinchgut Opera’s production of Griselda (Cavalli) and in 2012 Toby sang Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Opera Australia.