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Così fan tutte | Opera Australia

“Nicole Car as Fiordiligi and Anna Dowsley as Dorabella are immaculately paired as the two sisters, providing a golden vocal blend in ensembles while each asserting a high level of distinctiveness and individual character… Dowsley has a more focused, narrower sound in terms of colour, matching her manic intensity and exaggerated passion of character, and she cuts through ensembles with thrilling definition.”

Sydney Morning Herald


"Anna Dowsley, who moved from pants roles to leading lady as Rosina in The Barber of Seville earlier in the year, confirms her promise with another lovely, comic performance, her silvery mezzo-soprano well suited to the role. The two of them [with Nicole Car] both have a warm stage presence and convince as close sisters.”

Limelight Magazine


“Talented soprano Nicole Car and up-and-coming mezzo-soprano Anna Dowsley formed a perfect partnership as Fiordiligi and Dorabella respectively… Elfin Dowsley played the wavering Dorabella, singing with expressive ease as she alternately swooned and strutted with an engaging confidence, no mean feat considering she was invited into Opera Australia’s Young Artist Program as recently as 2014.”

The Daily Telegraph


“Anna Dowsley has only recently been given major roles with the company and she more than justifies her casting as Dorabella. In her challenging Act 1 aria Smanie implacabile she surmounted the technical challenges and delivered it with appropriate fire and energy. Throughout the performance her characterisation of the younger sister was finely graded as she discovered the new possibilities outside her confined world.”

SoundsLikeSydney


Il barbiere di Siviglia | Opera Australia

"Among the strong cast, Anna Dowsley makes an impressive role debut as Rosina, singing with rounded fluency, agile control in rapid passages and with flashes of colour and vocal elan. From the dramatic point of view, she enlivened a graceful and poised demeanour with moments of coltish impetuousness."

Sydney Morning Herald


"As the resourceful Rosina, mezzo-soprano Anna Dowsley makes another distinguished role debut for OA. A gifted actor with a silvery voice flecked with copper overtones, she is absolutely right in the part, playing the savvy young woman with charm and ebullience. Her Una voce poco fa is subtly shaped, never overly flash, with all the top notes securely in place."

Limelight Magazine


"Dowsley, making her role debut in this production as Rosina, also impressed with her confident singing, her elegant sense of style, and especially, her ability to hold her own on a stage on which she is surrounded by some of the world’s most experienced exponents of the opera buffo style, performing at the top of their game."

Arts Review


"Anna Dowsley finally gets to wear some frocks as Rosina, after playing trouser roles for most of last year. She really is perfectly cast in the role: youthful, full of spark and spunk, and a great sense of comedic timing. I’d be very surprised if she doesn’t become OA’s new favourite young mezzo for comedies. It’s also an excellent vocal performance, and her first aria showcases the full capabilities of her voice — full of fast runs and sudden turns."

Daily Review


Le nozze di Figaro | Opera Australia

"Anna Dowsley was a tall, gangling and endearing Cherubino, singing the character's two magical arias with fresh bright-eyed colour and bringing credibility to the chemistry that must be ignited between her and the countess."

Sydney Morning Herald


"Rising star and Young Artist Anna Dowsley as Cherubino was a favourite, playing the girl playing the boy playing the girl. Her portrayal of the lanky adolescent with a libido that was growing even more quickly than his physique, was entertaining and supported by a strong vocal performance."

SoundsLikeSydney


"A singer very much on the rise, Anna Dowsley offers a neat Cherubino, capturing the gawkiness and insecurity of the adolescent and proving a firm audience favourite."

Limelight Magazine


"Anna Dowsley was a delightful Cherubino, all elbows, knees, and social awkwardness, but with a voice of rich hues: a young singer to watch."

Australian Book Review


Heavenly Handel | Brisbane Baroque Festival

"Mezzo soprano Anna Dowsley (an opera Australia young artist who shone in last year’s Turk in Italy and as Siebel in the recent McVicar Faust) offered a series of unalloyed delights from a fine-spun Ombra Mai Fu (never as easy as it might seem) to Rinaldo’s loin-girding Venti, Turbini with its rollicking roulades and delicious gurgling bassoon obligato. I think I've said it before, but her rich, smooth voice is an absolute dream and nowhere was that shown more clearly than in Ariodante’s Scherza Infida, one of Handel’s most demanding slow arias. Entering into character from the first, her full, flexible voice sailed serenely over fluttering violins, plucked cello and bass and a baleful bassoon. So simple, yet so effective."

Limelight Magazine


"The stunning Mezzo Soprano Anna Dowsley arrived and she certainly took the audience by storm as she superbly sang... Scherza infida from Ariodante... Here was a voice we thought – absolutely glorious in ever register, tonally rich, wonderfully warm and mellow for someone so young – true knock your socks right off stuff!"

The Culture Concept Circle


Faust | Opera Australia

"In a refreshingly original take on the trouser role, Anna Dowsley proves a star turn once again as the gawky Siebel – his gammy-leg presumably keeping him out of the army. She acts with understated passion and great realism, making her very, very watchable on stage. And vocally she’s first rate, clear and rich of tone with superlative diction."

Limelight Magazine


"Young Artist Anna Dowsley creates a sweet and pure characterisation of love-struck youth Siébel, her performance of “Faites-lui mes aveux” comparing most favourably with her more experienced colleagues."

Man in Chair


"Anna Dowsley as Siebel charms the audience with her beautiful lyrical mezzo voice and boyish acting."

Australian Stage


"Opera Australia Young Artist Anna Dowsley acquitted herself admirably as the vulnerable, love-lorn Siébel"

SoundsLikeSydney


"Anna Dowsley is refreshing as the geeky Siebel, singing with sincerity and clear, rich tone."

Aussie Theatre


"Anna Dowsley brings a delicious sweetness and impetuosity to young Siebel."

Sydney Arts Guide


Il Turco in Italia | Opera Australia

“A star-of-tomorrow performance from Dowsley. The young mezzo has a delightfully fresh, unmannered presence, sings with taste and understanding, and appeared quite unawed in this company. A real find."

UK Opera Magazine


“Against her is newcomer Anna Dowsley making her debut with the company, and singing with a fresh attractive sound and natural expressive ease that informed both shaping of musical phrases and her characterisation of the part.”

Sydney Morning Herald


"Young mezzo and member of the Moffatt Oxenbould Young Artist Program, Dowsley makes her main stage debut as Zaida. Her singing is warm and agile, and she’s magnetic to watch. It’s a performance charged with promise."

Concrete Playground


“Opera Australia Young Artist Anna Dowsley makes an impressive debut as the youthful and optimistic Zaida.”

SoundsLikeSydney


“Not as large as these characters, but a fine performer nonetheless, is Anna Dowsley, as Zaida, the jilted gypsy girl. Fine-boned and featured, Dowsley draws you in with her pristine and powerful mezzo. This is a voice to be reckoned with and that she’s so surefooted in all departments in her OA debut is an immense feather for her cap.”

Daily Review


“Last but not least of the six main characters is the Pasha’s former ‘sex-slave’, Zaida. I say not least because by any standards the Opera Australia debut of Anna Dowsley must be accounted a triumph. A member of the Moffatt Oxenbould Young Artist Program, the young mezzo shows a warm, flexible voice of considerable power and projection and dramatically held her own against all comers.”

Limelight Magazine


“Rising artist Anna Dowsley also made her mark as Zaida, with a light but clear-toned mezzo-soprano instrument.”

Opera Britannia


"Dowsley impresses with her solid, secure mezzo and natural dramatic abilities in her Opera Australia debut as Zaida."

Daily Review


"There is also an exciting mainstage debut by Anna Dowsley - a voice and comic performance to savour."

StageNoise


"Young mezzo-soprano Anna Dowsley makes her Opera Australia debut with the role of lovelorn gypsy Zaida. Most often hidden under wig and makeup, Dowsley’s natural charm still shines through, and her pure, well-defined singing voice is a pleasure to hear."

Man in Chair


"As sad, lovesick Zaida... Dowsley is magnificent She sings gloriously and looks as if she stepped out of a Picasso painting."

Sydney Arts Guide


I Have Had Enough | Sydney Chamber Opera

“A blonde gothic abbess/goddess dressed in black with weird lipstick entered the earth-covered arena bearing a cross-like dagger aloft…she sang the soprano version of this glorious piece with pristine clarity of tone, fine pitch and well-moulded melodic shape”

Sydney Morning Herald
2011