Sally-Anne Russell

Mezzo-Soprano

Management: Australasia

The Barber of Seville, Melbourne Opera
“…One aspect of this production that was indisputably in line with Rossini’s intentions was among its highlights: Sally-Anne Russell’s Rosina. The role was written for a mezzo-soprano and she has the range and flexibility to do justice to the role vocally. A full, warm tone throughout from bottom to top and neatly executed coloratura passages were invested with a musical ease and lightness of touch essential to the character. Her vivacity and wicked sense of humour also had the power to delight and charm the audience as well as her suitors”.  
Heather Leviston - Classic Melbourne,  July 2015 

“Sally-Anne Russell is one of Australia’s current operatic and oratorio stars. She gave the character of Rosina believable determination, and her beautiful mezzo soprano was all that could be desired”.
Rob Holdsworth - The Australian Book Review 2015 

“Mezzo-soprano Russell is in delightful form as dear Rosina, conveying the comedy with a twinkle in her eye and singing with a golden, expressive tone”.
Simon Parris 2015 

“Known as much for her Baroque virtuosity as for her Bel Canto interpretations, Sally-Anne Russell’s fleet coloratura and comic timing make her an ideal Rosina”  
Samuel Krum -Stage Whispers , 2015

“Preceding the Beethoven Choral Fantasy we heard mezzo Sally-Anne Russell in a deeply moving performance of Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody in which she injected long legato lines with expressive intensity and lovely dramatic color. She exhibits a striking presence on stage that matches the authority of her performance.
Lyn Bronson, Peninsula Reviews, 18 July 2010

Carmel Bach Festival: Bach’s Christmas Oratorio
“The vocal soloists…were splendid. I particularly enjoyed the timbre of Ms. Russell’s lush mezzo.”
Reg Huston, Peninsula Reviews, July 19, 2009 

One of Australia’s finest mezzo sopranos, Sally-Anne has over fifty operatic roles in her repertoire and has sung in fifteen countries including the United States, Austria, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, New Zealand, Japan and Canada. As a principal guest artist she has sung with Opera Australia, all of the State Opera companies and all of the major Australian symphony orchestras. Sally-Anne’s many CDs and DVDs include her solo operatic disc Enchanting, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater (winner of the 2005 ARIA Listeners Choice), Bach Arias and Duets (ARIA Nominated), Mozart’s Requiem, Don John Of Austria, Top 100 ABC Concert Gala, Opera Australia’s Golden Jubilee/50th Anniversary DVD (ABC Classics), Prokofiev’s Love for Three Oranges (CHANDOS) and The No 1 Classical Album 2007 and 2009 (DECCA). 

A graduate of the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Music Performance, Sally-Anne was a member of the Victoria State Opera Young Artist Program and has won many prizes and awards at competitions such as The Australian Singing Competition, Herald Sun Aria, Covent Garden Scholarship, Adelaide Aria, National Liederfest, Canberra Aria, The Royal Overseas League in London and The Belvedere International Singing Competition in Vienna. She has been nominated for both Young Australian of the Year and Young Achiever of the Year (Arts). 

Sally-Anne’s recent engagements include Melbourne Symphony and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra for Messiah, Tasmanian Symphony for Mozart Requiem and arias, Artsong Perth for a recital with Sarah Macliver, Stonnington’s Opera in the Park, Mass in Time of War and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9  with Monash Academy Orchestra, Mozart’s Litaniae with Sydney Symphony Orchestra, St John Passion with West Australian Symphony Orchestra, St Matthew Passion with Melbourne Bach Choir and B Minor Mass in Ballarat as well as many recitals. She also sang the role of Nancy Tang in Nixon In China for New Zealand Festival and performed in Voyage to the Moon, a baroque pastiche written and directed by Michael Gow, for Musica Viva and Victorian Opera, for which she received a Helpmann Award Nomination as Best Female Performer in a Supporting Role in opera.

Sally-Anne’s engagements this year include St Matthew Passion with Sydney Philharmonia, Beethoven 9 with Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Carmen in concert with Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, A Baroque Opera Gala, Opera in the Aboretum, and more recitals.

Other notable engagements include Nancy Tang in Nixon in China (Victorian Opera), Mozart Requiem (Edward Gardner conducting), Beethoven Symphony no. 9 (Sir Andrew Davis conducting) and Messiah (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra), Messiah ( Queensland Symphony, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, and Christchurch City Choir), Haydn, Harmoniemesse, Beethoven Symphony No. 9, and Mahler's Songs of the Wayfarer and 4th Symphony  (Tasmanian Symphony, also with Orchestra Victoria),  the world premiere of a new symphony by Ross Harris (and recording on the Naxos label) with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Falstaff (West Australian Opera), Viva Verdi concerts (Victorian Opera), La Sonnambula, Tales of Hoffmann and Orpheus in the Underworld (State Opera of South Australia), Carmen (Opera Queensland), Das Rheingold (Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra), Beethoven Symphony No.9 and Mary in The Flying Dutchman (Sydney Symphony),  Bernstein’s Mass at Adelaide Festival, Mozart’s Requiem and Beethoven Symphony No. 9 (Adelaide Symphony), St John Passion and St. Matthew Passions in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide, Bach’s B minor Mass, recitals in Canberra and Adelaide, Dido and Aeneas, Les nuits d’été, concerts for Brisbane Festival, Musica Viva, Australian String Quartet, Coriole Festival, Port Fairy Spring Festival, Opera In The Vineyards, the World Premiere of Nootka and Bacalov’s Misa Tango in Canada, a ninth season at the Carmel Bach Festival in California and recitals in Perth, Tasmania, at the Melbourne Recital Centre and the Art Gallery of NSW. 

Her operatic roles include Isabella (L’Italiana in Algeri), Angelina (La Cenerentola), Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Jo (Little Women - Australian Premiere), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Dorabella (Così fan Tutte), Bradamante (Alcina), Sesto (Guilio Cesare), Mallika (Lakmé), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly) and Hansel (Hansel and Gretel). 

Sally-Anne Russell is managed by Graham Pushee: graham@artsmanagement.com.au
   March 2017
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