Louise Keast

Soprano

Louise Keast

Australian soprano Louise Keast made her mainstage debut in 2020 with Melbourne Opera, as Marzelline in Beethoven’s opera Fidelio, and has since performed her first Wagnerian roles with the company, Wellgunde and Freia (cover) in Das Rheingold.

While a member of the distinguished Richard Divall Emerging Artist’s Programme (2019-2021), Louise performed Contessa Almaviva in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and was awarded the Rotary Next Generations Service Exchange Scholarship to perform as a principal artist at the Festival Junger Künstler Bayreuth, Germany (postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic). In 2021 Louise had her first opportunity to perform with Victorian Opera, premiering an Australian opera by Kevin March, Echo & Narcissus.

Other operatic experience includes the roles Fiordiligi (Mozart’s Casi fan Tutte), Donna Elvira (Mozart’s Don Giovanni), Micaëla (Bizet’s Carmen), Mimi (Puccini’s La Bohème), Clotilde (Bellini’s Norma) and Ofglen (Ruders’ The Handmaid’s Tale).

In concert Louise has performed as soprano soloist in works by Pergolesi (Stabat Mater), Mozart (Requiem Mass), Rossini (Petite Messe Solenelle) and Dvorak (Mass in D). In 2019 Louise premiered In the Beginning by Stefan Cassomenos at the Port Fairy Music Festival.

Louise has received support from the Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Foundation, as recipient of the 2019 Margreta Elkins Encouragement Award (Bel Canto Award) and as a 2018 finalist in the Sydney International Song Prize. In 2019 Louise represented Australia at the final rounds of the 38th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Villach, Austria.

Louise joined the Opera Australia chorus in 2021.

Louise Keast