Australian Singing Competition: Success for Anna Dowsley

Members will be interested to hear that Anna Dowsley (mezzo soprano), who, with Amy Corkery, was singled out for encouragement in March this year, by the adjudicators of the Joan Carden Award, sponsored by the Choir,  won the final of the 2012 Australian Singing Competition (ASC) on 25 October in the Joan Sutherland Theatre of the Sydney Opera House..  This means that for three years in a row, singers who have done well in the Joan Carden Award, (Rachel Bate and Emma Moore in 2010 and 2111 and now Anna), have gone on to win the ASC.

Anna, who is completing an Advanced Diploma of Opera at the Sydney Conservatorium, sang the aria, ‘Amour, viens prendre mon âme’ from Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice, and gave a brilliant performance of the virtuosic ‘Una voce poco fa’, from Rossini’s The Barber of Seville.

Anna plans to go to New York for a couple of months to pursue her career, returning before the end of the year, and next year would like to relocate to Europe, preferably Germany.  Assuming mutually convenient dates can be worked out, we can look forward to an early engagement for Anna as a soloist with the Choir, which we would like to offer her, following her high placing in the Joan Carden Award.

John Bowan

Anna (on right) with fellow soloists Amy Corkery and Agnes Sarkis at this year’s Joan Carden Award.

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