Anna Dowsley has established herself as an exciting, up-and-coming Australian mezzo-soprano.
During her final year of opera studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Anna was awarded a number of prizes including the Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship (Opera Foundation Australia) and the Marianne Mathy Scholarship (Australian Singing Competition).
With the support of these scholarships, Anna travelled abroad in 2013 to pursue private studies in the United States and Europe. Highlights included participating in the International Vocal Arts Institute opera program in Virginia, the Siena Music Festival in Tuscany and a personal invitation from the legendary soprano Renata Scotto to participate in her Opera Studio at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome.
Anna was invited into Opera Australia’s 2014 Young Artist Program making her debut at the Sydney Opera House performing the role of Zaida (Il Turco in Italia) to critical acclaim. This debut role also awarded Anna a Green Room Nomination for supporting female in an opera. During the winter season she was “on the road” with the OA’s Regional Tour of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, performing the role of Papagena.
In 2015, Anna continued as a Young Artist and made her role debuts as Siebel (Faust), Tebaldo (Don Carlos) and, most recently, Cherubino in OA’s new production of Le Nozze di Figaro envisioned by the eminent stage director Sir David McVicar. Anna also appeared in the popular Great Opera Hits summer concert series, Sydney Festival’s Opera in the Domain and Melbourne’s Opera in the Bowl.
With other opera companies, Anna made her international debut in Japan, performing the role of Dorabella (Così fan tutte) for Tokyo Arts Foundation. She has often performed with Sydney Chamber Opera, including her striking performance in their boldly staged-version of JS Bach’s solo cantata Ich habe genug.
Frequently appearing as guest soloist with Australian choirs and orchestras, Anna has extensive experience of oratorio repertoire including Verdi’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle. In the Australian Ballet’s 2013 “Vanguard” season, she was the mezzo-soprano soloist for their ballet Bella Figura, performing excerpts of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with AOBO. Anna was a guest artist in the 2015 International Brisbane Baroque Festival opening gala concert, performing a selection of Handel arias with Queensland Symphony Orchestra and returned to Brisbane in December to co-host QPAC’s 2015 popular Spirit of Christmas concert.
Anna Dowsley is supported by Martin Dickson AM and Suzie Dickson