Photo by Bridget Elliot

Photo by Bridget Elliot

Tobias Cole has performed throughout Australia, the UK and USA. A Churchill Fellowship in 1993 enabled him to study with Ashley Stafford at London’s Royal College of Music; in 2002, as winner of the Metropolitan Opera Young Artist Study Award, he spent three months studying at the ‘Met’ in New York.

Toby made his US debut in 2004 with the Chicago Opera Theatre, as Ottone in The Coronation of Poppea; he returned to Chicago as Apollo in Britten’s Death in Venice and Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Other highlights have included Handel’s Deidamia at the London Handel Festival with Keith Warner; Purcell’s The Fairy Queen at the English Bach Festival; Oberon, Medoro (Orlando) and the title role in Julius Caesar for Opera Australia; Medoro for West Australian Opera; Julius Caesar for Opera Queensland; Pergolesi’s Stabat mater for The Australian Ballet; and the title role in Xerxes for NBR New Zealand Opera. He won a Green Room Award for his interpretation of the same role with Victorian Opera, for whom he has also appeared as Tolomeo in Julius Caesar, Studz in Alan John’s How to Kill Your Husband, and as the Roasted Swan in Carmina burana, a role he recently reprised for West Australian Symphony Orchestra. He appeared in Shaun Parker’s This Show is about People at the Melbourne and Sydney Festivals (2007 and 2008 respectively) and sang the role of Athamas in Pinchgut Opera’s debut production, Semele.

In concert, Toby has sung in Messiah, Bach’s B minor mass and selected cantatas, Purcell’s Come Ye Sons of Art and Dido and Aeneas, and John Adams’ El Niño with Sydney Philharmonia; Bach’s St John Passion with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra; and Mozart’s Requiem with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra.

In 2012, Toby returns to Opera Australia as Oberon.


Toby appeared as Athamus in Semele (2002) and Roberto in Griselda (2011) for Pinchgut. 


This bio taken from the last program in which Toby appeared.