Australia soprano Louise Keast joined the Opera Australia chorus and company in 2021.
A former member of the Richard Divall Emerging Artists Programme, Louise is an Associate Artist with Melbourne Opera and has performed the roles of Wellgunde (Wagner’s Das Rheingold), Countess Almaviva (Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro) and Marzelline (Beethoven’s Fidelio) with the company. In 2021 Louise performed in the ensemble for Kevin March’s new Australian opera Echo & Narcissus with Victorian Opera.
Other operatic experience includes the roles Fiordiligi (Mozart’s Cosi 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).
Most recently, Louise presented a recital for National Opera in Canberra with pianist and renown vocal coach Donna Balson. In February this year Louise was a featured artist in Opera Queens, a recital presented by The Opera and Song Collective. In 2022 presented two solo operatic recitals at the Steingraeber & Söhne Kammermusiksaal in Bayreuth, Germany, performing as a principal artist in the Festival Junger Künstler Bayreuth.
In previous years Louise has been a Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Foundation scholarship recipient and represented Australia in 2019 at the final rounds of the 38th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Villach, Austria.