Hailed as ‘an exceptional young soprano’ by Opera Magazine UK (Feb. 2017), Anna-Louise Cole’s many appearances with Opera Australia have included the title role in Aida, Crobyle in Thaïs, Gerhilde in Die Walküre and Third Norn in Götterdämmerung; she was nominated for a 2017 Green Room Award as Best Female in a Supporting Role for these latter two performances.
Future engagements include Brünnhilde in Opera Australia’s Der Ring des Nibelungen – after singing Sieglinde in earlier performances of Die Walküre. In 2022, she also appears as Chrysothemis in Elektra for Victorian Opera and as soprano soloist for Sydney Philharmonia; she will also sing the title role in Turandot for Opera Australia.
Her concert work for the national company includes Great Opera Hits (in the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House), Opera in the Domain – with the Opera Australia Orchestra and Opera in the Bowl – with Orchestra Victoria.
For Australia’s state and local opera companies, Anna-Louise has sung the title role in Tosca, First Lady in Die Zauberflöte and Der Friedensbote in Rienzi. As a member of Wiener Staatsoper’s Principal Ensemble, she sang Melanie in the children’s opera Patchwork and covered major roles including Tosca, Amelia and Donna Anna.
Other concert appearances have included the soprano solos in Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Mozart’s Mass in C minor and recitals of Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder, Berg’s Seven Early Songs and the works of Richard Strauss and Josef Marx.
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. She has also studied at the Kunst Universität in Graz, Austria and the University of Freiburg through scholarships from Melbourne Abroad and the Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst.