Tobias Cole

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Tobias Cole
Born (1971-08-07) 7 August 1971 (age 51)
Leiden, Netherlands
Genres Opera
Occupation(s) Musician
Instrument(s) Vocalist

Tobias Martin Piers Trevor Cole (born 7 August 1971) is an Australian countertenor and leading artist with Opera Australia. [1]


Early life

Cole was born in Leiden, Netherlands while his father was working at the Leiden University as a radio astronomer. In 1976 he commenced his education at Newington College. Aged eight, he joined the choir of St. James Church in Sydney, as a treble. As a boy soprano, Cole sang with The Australian Opera (in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Tosca ) and with the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs. As a teenager, in 1986/87 Cole toured Europe with the Chapel Choir of Newington College. He was later appointed head chorister of the choir.

Tertiary education

Cole is an honours graduate in music from the University of Sydney, having studied singing, composition, conducting and musicology. He was awarded a 1994 Churchill Fellowship, sponsored by Dame Roma Mitchell, to continue his vocal training with Ashley Stafford at London's Royal College of Music and to also further his studies in Early Music. He later received a Queen's Trust Achiever Award for operatic studies in London. In 2002, he was the first countertenor to win Opera Foundation Australia's Metropolitan Opera Young Artist Study Award and spent three months in New York at the Met. [2]

Performance career

Cole has sung with choirs and vocal ensembles including:

Cole has performed with companies including:

Conducting career


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  1. Opera Australia Retrieved 28.9.2007
  2. Oriana Chorale Retrieved 28.9.2007
  3. Pinchgut Opera Retrieved 28.9.2007