Anna Dowsley has established herself as one of the most exciting
mezzo-soprano’s to emerge from Australia in recent years. She often performs leading roles with Opera
Australia while appearing on the concert stage with major Australian orchestras.
2016 has been a milestone year for Anna, performing two
major roles at the Sydney Opera House. Most recently she created the role of
Dorabella in Sir David McVicar’s new production of Così fan tutte (conductor Jonathan Darlington) while earlier in the
year she debuted the role of Rosina in Il
barbiere di Siviglia (conductor Andrea Molino).
Within Opera Australia’s Young Artist Program in the 2014/15
seasons, Anna debuted, the roles of Cherubino
(Le Nozze di Figaro), Siebel (Faust), Papagena (The Magic
Flute), Tebaldo (Don
Carlos) and Zaida (Il Turco in Italia); the latter two roles
awarding Anna prestigious Green Room Award nominations. These roles have seen
Anna share the stage with prominent international and local artists, including
Michael Fabiano, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Nicole Car and Paolo Bordogna. She was also
a featured artist in the popular 2015 and 2016 Great Opera Hits Sydney
Opera House concert series, Sydney Festival’s Opera in the Domain and
Melbourne’s Opera in the Bowl.
During her vocal studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of
Music, Anna was the recipient of a number of Australian vocal prizes and
scholarships, including the 2012 Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship (Opera
Foundation Australia) and the 2012 Marianne Mathy Scholarship (Australian
Singing Competition). Abetted by these scholarships, Anna embarked upon an
extensive period of international study and artistic development in 2013.
Highlights included participating in the International
Vocal Arts Institute opera program in Virginia, the Siena Music Festival in Tuscany and a personal invitation from
distinguished soprano Renata Scotto to participate in her Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Opera Studio in Rome.
Anna made her international
professional 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 in demand as a guest soloist with Australian
choirs and orchestras, Anna has extensive performance experience of the
oratorio and concert repertoire (including Verdi’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah,
Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle), most recently performing the Beethoven 9 with the Canberra Symphony
Orchestra. Anna was invited to be a featured artist in the 2015 Brisbane
Baroque Festival's Heavenly Handel concert, singing a selection of
Handel arias with Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and was invited to return to
Brisbane last December to co-host and perform with West End star Michael
Cormick in QPAC’s annual Spirit of
Later in 2016, Anna participated in the international Neue Stimmen
Master Class series in Germany and undergoes extensive travel around Europe for
further auditions and career development.