Sydney born mezzo-soprano Anna Dowsley performs on stages in Australia and around the world. As a principal artist with Opera Australia, her roles include Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Siebel (Faust), Flora Bervoix (La Traviata), Tebaldo (Don Carlos) and Zaida (Il Turco in Italia). She was awarded a Helpmann Nomination for her performance of Dorabella and Green Room Award Nominations for Tebaldo and Zaida.
In 2017, Anna shared the stage with internationally renowned tenor Jonas Kaufmann in Opera Australia’s concert performance of Wagner’s Parsifal. She made her United Kingdom debut performing the role of Meg Page alongside Sir Bryn Terfel as Falstaff (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic) and sang Lucretia in Sydney Chamber Opera’s production of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, directed by prominent Australian theatre director Kip Williams. Also in 2017, Anna debuted with Sydney Symphony Orchestra in their concert performances of Pelléas and Mélisande.
Anna’s concert repertoire is extensive (including Handel’s Messiah, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Mendelsohn’s Elijah, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater), and most recently has performed Beethoven’s Mass in C (Sydney Symphony Orchestra) and Verdi’s Requiem (Melbourne Royal Philharmonic Orchestra).
Anna was chosen to participate in the final round of the international Neue Stimmen 2015 Opera Competition in Germany. As the recipient of the “Britten-Pears Young Artist prize” (2017 Australian Opera Awards), she worked with Malcolm Martineau and Angelika Kirchschlager in the Strauss Lieder and Aria programme in Aldeburgh, UK. Anna was then invited to work extensively with Malcolm Martineau in his January 2018 Residential Song Masterclass in Scotland. In October 2018, she returns to Aldeburgh as a Britten Pears young artist for the Hugo Wolf Lieder masterclass.
Anna will sing as the mezzo-soprano soloist in our first concert Bach/Telemann in 2019.