Anna Dowsley is a young Australian Mezzo Soprano, in her final year as a Young Artist with Opera Australia.
In 2015, Anna has been a prominent performer on Opera Australia’s Main Stage. She made her role debuts as Siebel, Tebaldo and most recently Cherubino in a new production of Le Nozze di Figaro envisioned by the eminent stage director Sir David McVicar. Anna also appeared in the popular Great Opera Hits summer concert series, and Sydney Festival’s Opera in the Domain.
Prior to her young artist position with Opera Australia, Anna was the recipient of a number of prestigious 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).
With the support of these scholarships, Anna travelled abroad in 2013 to pursue private studies in the United States and Europe. Highlights included participating in the International Vocal Arts Institute opera program in Virginia, the Siena Music Festival in Tuscany and a personal invitation from the legendary soprano Renata Scotto to participate in her Opera Studio at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome.
Anna’s invitation into Opera Australia’s Young Artist Program marked her debut at the Sydney Opera House in January 2014, performing the role of Zaida (Il Turco in Italia) to critical acclaim; this debut also awarding Anna a prestigious Green Room Award nomination. During her first few months as a Young Artist, Anna was also thrilled to observe Kasper Holton’s rehearsals of his Eugene Onegin production, while covering the role of Olga. During the winter season she was on the road with the OA’s Regional Tour of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, performing the role of Papagena to 26 towns and theatres around Australia.
With other opera companies, Anna made her international debut in Japan, performing the role of Dorabella (Così fan tutte) for Tokyo Arts Foundation in 2013. 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 appearing as guest soloist with Australian choirs and orchestras, Anna has extensive experience of oratorio repertoire including Verdi’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle. In the Australian Ballet’s 2013 “Vanguard” season, she was the mezzo-soprano soloist for their ballet Bella Figura, performing excerpts of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. Anna was guest artist in the 2015 Brisbane Baroque Festival's Heavenly Handel gala concert, performing a selection of Handel arias with Queensland Symphony Orchestra, recorded live for ABC Radio.
Next year, as a principal artist with Opera Australia, Anna will debut the role of Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia) at the Sydney Opera House. She will also perform Dorabella, working again with Sir David McVicar in his new production of Così fan tutte.
In recent news, Anna has been selected as one of forty-six finalists in the international singing competition Neue Stimmen, to be held in Germany in October 2015.