Anna Dowsley is a principal artist with Opera Australia and often performs as a guest artist with leading orchestras and festivals around Australia. Her operatic roles include Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Rosina (The Barber of Seville), Cherubino (The Marriage of Figaro), Siebel (Faust), Mark Smeton (Anna Bolena), Flora Bervoix (La traviata), Tebaldo (Don Carlos) and Zaida (Il turco in Italia). She was nominated for a Helpmann Award for her interpretation of Dorabella and for Green Room Awards for Tebaldo and Zaida.
In 2017, Anna 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. Also in 2017, she debuted with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in their concert performances of Pelléas et Mélisande.
Recent engagements include Beethoven’s Mass in C (Sydney Symphony Orchestra), Verdi’s Requiem (Melbourne Royal Philharmonic Orchestra), Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (Adelaide Symphony Orchestra), and Mozart Requiem (Canberra Choral Society). Other concert repertoire includes Handel’s Messiah, Rossini’s Petite Messe solennelle, Mendelsohn’s Elijah and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater.
During the Opera Australia 2019 season, Anna reprises some of her favourite roles (Cherubino, Dorabella, Siebel), performs alongside Jonas Kaufmann in a concert version of Andrea Chénier and sings the role of Smeton in a new production of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena. She was also a soloist with Van Diemen’s Band as part of the 2019 Ten Days on the Island Festival in Tasmania, performed with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs for their Easter concert of Bach’s Magnificat and Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor and competed as a finalist in the International Singing Competition in Toulouse.
Anna made her debut with Pinchgut Opera in their 2019 Bach and Telemann concert series and will appear again in our Purcell and Charpentier concert in Melbourne and Sydney in September 2020.