One of Australia’s finest mezzo sopranos, Sally-Anne Russell has over sixty 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 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).
This year Sally-Anne will perform Hermia in Adelaide Festival’s production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 2020 saw Sally-Anne return to the Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields Festival for the St. Mark Passion and a recital. She was also scheduled to perform with Melbourne Bach Choir for St. John Passion, Royal Melbourne Philharmonic for Tchaikovsky, Angel of Music, Hobart Festival of Voices for Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Adelaide Symphony for Beethoven Symphony No. 9, the role of Micah (Samson) for the St George’s Cathedral, Perth concert series and feature as a guest artist with The Song Company, in a special project titled “Arms of Love”.
Sally-Anne’s recent engagements include Melbourne Symphony and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra for Messiah, Bruckner Mass in D minor with Auckland Choral Society, St Matthew Passion with the Royal School of Music, at the annual Baroque concerts series Vivaldi in the Vines, Mozart Coronation Mass with Victoria Chorale 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.