Hailed as “an exceptional young soprano” by Opera magazine UK (February 2017), Anna-Louise Cole is an Australian soprano.
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. During her degrees, Anna-Louise also studied at the Kunst Universität Graz, Austria and Karl-Ludwigs Universität, in Freiburg, Germany, through scholarships from Melbourne Abroad and the Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst.
For Opera Australia, Anna-Louise made her title role debut as Aïda for Griffith Opera on the Beach, and has also performed the roles of Crobyle in Thaïs, Gerhilde in Die Walküre and the Dritte Norn inGötterdämmerung in the 2016 Melbourne Ring. Anna-Louise was nominated for a 2017 Green Room Award for best Female in a Supporting Role for her roles in the Ring.
As the winner of the Opera Foundation for Young Australians Vienna State Opera Award, Anna-Louise worked in the principal ensemble of the Wiener Staatsoper from January – June 2017, where she performed the role of Melanie in the premiere season of the Kinderoper Patchwork.
Anna-Louise has performed roles including the title role in Tosca, Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Serpina (La Serva Padrona), Annina (La Traviata) and der Friedensbote (Rienzi) with companies including Victorian Opera and Melbourne Opera.
Anna-Louise has understudied the role of Sieglinde in Die Walkürefor Opera Australia, as well as Tosca, Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) and Amelia (Un Ballo in Maschera) for the Wiener Staatsoper. In 2018 Anna-Louise will understudy the title role in Opera Australia’s new production of Aïda, as well as the roles of Praskovia Osipovna / Bubliki / Presenter in Shostakovich’s The Nose.
Anna-Louise has appeared in numerous opportunities on the concert platform and in recital in Melbourne, Sydney and Vienna. Highlights have included performances of the soprano solos in Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Mozart’s Mass in B Minor and recitals of operatic arias and Lieder, including Berg’s 7 frühe Lieder. Anna-Louise has been a finalist in a number of singing competitions including the Elizabeth Connell International Singing Competition for Dramatic Sopranos, the Audi German Opera Scholarship, the Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship, and the Herald Sun Aria.