Saturday, January 1, 2000

Amanda Cole

Amanda Cole, Mezzo-soprano

Biography for Amanda Cole, Mezzo-soprano

Amanda Cole has performed in small ensembles with some of Australia’s leading orchestras, including the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Her more intimate performances have included Australian, New Zealand and world premières, and she is active in promoting new music, recently receiving a Creative New Zealand grant for a commission by Dame Gillian Whitehead.

She holds music and foreign language degrees from the University of Melbourne and the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). She has won many awards and scholarships for singing and languages, including a Churchill Fellowship during which she resided with the Welsh National Opera, Les Arts Florissants, Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the Bayerische Staatsoper and studied in Paris, Munich and Urbania.

Amanda was a recent prize-winner in Melbourne’s Mietta Song Recital Award. She has taught at the University of Melbourne, the VCA and the University of Otago, and is due to complete her PhD early next year.

As Artist in Residence at Jack Straw Productions in Seattle, USA, Amanda recorded a CD of rarely heard Portuguese art songs, released in April 2009. In the international Journal of Singing, Gregory Berg claimed that anyone who cares about art song needs to own this wonderful recording. “The songs themselves are fascinating and they are given exemplary performances, but it is the comprehensive attention to detail in other matters of presentation that makes this recording so uncommonly satisfying.”

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