Anna Dowsley

Anna Dowsley

Lyric Mezzo-Soprano

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«“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."»
"Opera" Magazine, May 2014 (2017)
«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, Australia (2017)
«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 (2017)
2016Rossini: Il Barbiere di SivigliaRosina
2016Mozart: Cosi fan tutteDorabella
2015Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroCherubino
2015Gounod: FaustSiébel
2015Verdi: Don CarloThibault
2014Rossini: Il turco in ItaliaZaida


As a regular principal performer on the Sydney Opera House stage, Anna Dowsley has established herself as one of the most exciting and versatile mezzo sopranos to emerge from Australia in recent years. Highlights on the stage include debuting the roles of Cherubino and Dorabella in two new Sir David McVicar productions of Le nozze di Figaro  and Così fan tutte. Other roles performed with Opera Australia include Rosina, Zaida, Tebaldo, Siebel and Papagena. This season, highlights for Anna include a debut of the title role Lucretia, and performing Geneviève under Charles Dutoit in a concert version of Pelléas and Mélisande.
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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia Rosina Immediately Opera Australia 2016
Mozart: Cosi fan tutte Dorabella Immediately Opera Australia 2016
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro Cherubino Immediately Opera Australia 2015
Gounod: Faust Siébel Immediately Opera Australia 2015
Verdi: Don Carlo Thibault Immediately Opera Australia 2015