Mr Tobias Cole

Developing Musicians Program Ensemble Tutor
Open School

Director - Chamber Choir
School of Music


Tobias Cole is one of Australia’s most successful counter-tenors, having performed throughout Australia, the UK and USA. He is also Artistic Director of Canberra Choral Society. 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 in 2004 playing Ottone: 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.

Highlight performances have included the title role in Julius Caesar, Medoro in Orlando, Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Mozart Anniversary Concerts (Opera Australia); the title role in Xerxes (NBR NZ Opera and Victorian Opera) for which he won a Green Room Award; Studz in Alan John’s How to Kill Your Husband (Victorian Opera); Roberto in Griselda and Athamas in Semele (Pinchgut Opera); La Speranza and Pastore 3 in L'Orfeo (Australian Brandenburg Orchestra); Dr Who Symphonic Spectacular (Melbourne Symphony); Carmina Burana (West Australian Symphony and Queensland Music Festival); Messiah and St. John Passion (Queensland Symphony); Masterpieces of Time (Synergy Percussion); Bach’s B minor Mass (Song Company/Canberra International Music Festival); and regular appearances with Sydney Philharmonia, including John Adams’ El Ñino and Bach’s B minor Mass.

2013 engagements will include a staged version of St Matthew Passion (Opera Queensland), Dido and Aeneas (Sydney Philharmonia), Theodora (Handel) for Canberra Choral Society, Carmina Burana (Canberra Symphony) and Handel’s Messiah (Queensland Symphony).

In April he will conduct Canberra Choral Society in Great Performances in the Albert Hall – the first 25 years.

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