Australian soprano Louise Keast received initial operatic training at the Queensland Conservatorium and has developed an artists practice which encompasses performance, production, curation and direction. Louise graduated in 2018 from the Australian National University with a Bachelor in Art History and Curatorship and is a current pupil of Australian dramatic contralto Liane Keegan.
Louise’s recent operatic role debuts include Ofglen (Ruders, The Handmaids Tale – Australian Premiere), Adina (Donizetti, L’elisir d’amore), Rosalinda (J. Strauss, Die Fledermaus) and Eurydice (Gluck, Orphee et Eurydice), as well as experience performing as Mimi (Puccini, La Boheme), Suor Genovieffa and La Suora Infermia (Puccini, Suor Angelica), Mademoiselle Silverpeal (Mozart, The Impresario), Lucy (Menotti, The Telephone) and Widow Anna in an Australian adaptation of Lehar’s The Merry Widow from Bluegum Creek. In 2018 Louise was a finalist in the Sydney Song Prize, semi-finalist in the Herald Sun Aria and a finalist in the Warrnambool, Ringwood and Cowra Aria competitions. In 2018 Louise was recipient of the Gertrude Johnson Fellowship and a studio artist of Gertrude Opera Studio. In 2016 Louise co-founded cross-disciplinary artists co-operative Revival House Project, which has toured the East Coast of Australia and to Germany and Austria under Louise’s artistic directorship. Louise has premiered site-specific auditory drawings with visual artist Hannah Quinlivan across Australia and in Berlin (Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik).
Louise complements her vocal study by studying Italian and German language and culture, and is excited to make her international role debut as Donna Elivira (Mozart, Don Giovanni) at the 2019 Mediterranean Opera Studio and Festival, where she will also cover the role of Micaëla (Bizet, Carmen).
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