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Tobias Cole


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Akhnaten, Adelaide Art Orchestra, State Opera south Australia
“…A major success of the production is the pair of tobias Cole as Akhnaten and Cherie Boogaart as Queen Nefertiti.  Vocally they are untouchable, Cole’s countertenor being especially purë and effortless…
Graham Strahle, The Australian, 5 August 2014

Handel’s Messiah ,Canberra Choral Society,
“Tobias Cole exchanged his place as musical director for the role of alto soloist and sang with dazzling brilliance in Behold, a Virgin Shall Conceive, continuing to ride the wave of energy provided by the chorus in O Thou that Tellest.”
Jennifer Gall, Canberra Times, 17 December 2013

Midsummer Night’s Dream, Opera Australia
“Counter-tenor Tobias Cole, as Oberon, embodies authority and magnetism, his remarkable diamond voice chilling and spell-binding
Australian Stage, December 2010 

Dido and Aeneas, Sydney Philharmonia
‘My personal great solo joy of the performance, though, came from countertenor Tobias Cole’s stupendous Sorcerer, whose utterances were wondrously malevolent, spine-tinglingly other-worldly and delivered with such obvious rejoicing in his character that he was a gripping centrepiece of the action...”
Opera-Opera November 2007

“Cole's aria, Your tuneful voice my tale would tell, is meticulously impressive... sung with magnificent clarity and expressiveness.”
 Opera-Opera, June 2004

Tobias Cole, Artistic Director of Handel in the Theatre, is one of Australia’s most successful counter-tenors, having performed throughout Australia, the UK and USA.  He has also been Artistic Director of Canberra Choral Society and Distinguished Artist in Residence at the Australian National University. 

After winning the Metropolitan Opera Young Artist Study Award, spending three months studying in New York at The Metropolitan, Tobias made his U.S. debut playing Ottone in (L’Incoronazione di Poppea), returning to sing Apollo in (Death in Venice) and Oberon in (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) all for the Chicago Opera Theater. 

He has sung with West Australian Opera (Orlando), Opera Queensland (Julius Caesar), The Renaissance Players, The Song Company, Kent Opera (Masque of Dioclesian), Australian Ballet (Pergolesi's Stabat Mater), at the Sydney and Melbourne Festivals Shaun Parker’s “This Show is About People”, London Handel Festival (Deidamia) with director Keith Warner and with the English Bach Festival (The Fairy Queen).

Recent engagements include Carmina Burana with West Australian Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic; Handel’s Esther and Jeptha: ‘The Vow’ with Handel In The Theatre, Canberra; Alana Valentine’s Cold Light with The Street Theatre Company; the Lycanthropy Aria from Torsten Rasch’s The Duchess of Malfi with Christchurch Symphony Orchestra; title role in Philip Glass’ Akhnaten for State Opera of South Australia; a staged version of St Matthew Passion (Opera Queensland); Jeptha ‘The Vow’, Didymus in Handel’s Theodora, Lychas in Handel’s Hercules and the title role in the Australian premiere of Handel’s Alexander Balus with Canberra Choral Society; Handel’s Messiah (Canberra Choral Society and Collegium Symphonic Chorus Perth); performances with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, The Song Company, and at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, the Woodend Winter Arts Festival and the Canberra International Music Festival.

In 2018 Toby’s engagements include his return to Canberra Choral Society for the comedic oratorio Not the Messiah, (He’s a Very Naughty Boy) and the Canberra International Music Festival for The Return of Ulysses as well as Israel in Egypt and Bach concerts, the latter repeated in Sydney, with Bach Akademie Australia. He also appears in an Opera Gala with the Canberra Youth Orchestra, Maniyas, in an ensemble concert of music by Ross Edwards for Kangaroo Valley Arts Festival and various recitals. He will also take the role of Joacim in this year’s Handel In The Theatre presentation of Susanna.

Other career highlights include the title role in Julius Caesar, Medoro (Orlando), Oberon (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Mozart Anniversary Concerts for Opera Australia; the title role in Xerxes (Handel)  for NZ Opera and Victorian Opera (winning a Green Room Award); Studz in Alan John’s How to Kill Your Husband for Victorian Opera; Roberto (Griselda) and Athamas (Semele) for Pinchgut Opera; La Speranza and Pastore 3 in Monteverdi’s L'Orfeo with Australian Brandenburg Orchestra; Carmina Burana for Queensland Music Festival; Messiah and St. John Passion with Queensland Symphony Orchestra; Dr Who Symphonic Spectacular with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; Dido and Aeneas and John Adams’ El Ñino with Sydney Philharmonia, and Bach’s B minor Mass at the Canberra International Music Festival.


Tobias Cole is managed by Graham Pushee: graham@artsmanagement.com.au
   February 2018
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