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Tobias Cole


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Tobias Cole is a Green Room Award winning singer and highly sought-after choral director based in Canberra. In his quest for meaning in this ever increasing technocratic materialist world, Tobias uses his unique understanding of music and its resonant powers to create joyful, exhilarating and ultimately transcendental experiences with groups of people of all ages. He sees every rehearsal and every performance, whether as a conductor, singer, actor, or MC, as an opportunity to remind people of their humanity and inspire them to tap their enormous potential. 


From Julius Caesar to Akhnaten, Tobias has performed principal countertenor roles with all the major companies in Australia as well as with opera companies overseas. In 2019 to 2021 he performed the role of Captain Corcoran in Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore in Sydney, Parramatta, and regional NSW. Tobias is dedicatedto youth and community music development, directing the Canberra Children’s Choir, ANU Chamber Choir, plus Vocal Fry and Sing with Toby. As an ensemble singer he has been a guest artist with The Song Company for over twenty years and in 2014 established his own professional vocal quartet Clarion which has given over one hundred performances of Evensong in the National Portrait Gallery. His opera company Handel in the Theatre was launched in 2016 and has since staged three highly acclaimed productions of Handel’s English operas in the Canberra Playhouse. For over five years he has been the host of Classical Capers, a monthly classical open mic at Smiths Alternative.


Recent performances include singing solos in Messiah and St John Passion (Canberra Symphony Orchestra); Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater (Canberra Sinfonia); conceiving and performing Voices of London (National Portrait Gallery); recording The Changi Songbook (Flowers of Peace), preparing choirs for CSO, Opera Australia on tour,  and the Australian of the Year Awards; and presenting Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Handel’s Crusade at Smiths Alternative (Cole’s Opera Salon).

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