The first Australian to be accepted into the Young Artist Program at the Opéra National de Paris, mezzo soprano Louise Callinan is also the winner of the prestigious AROP prize of Opéra National de Paris. She performed as a soloist for Opéra National de Paris for seventeen years and also with the BBC Symphony, Chicago Symphony, l’Orchestre National d’Ile de France, Théâtre du Châtelet, LA Opera, Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Opera Australia, Israeli Opera, Opéra de Rennes, Angers Nantes Opéra and Theatre de l’Opera Luxembourg.
Louise began her career with roles such as Angelina/La Cenerentola, Rosina/Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Dorabella/Così fan Tutte) and has interpreted numerous roles at Opéra National de Paris, notably Meg Page/Falstaff conducted by James Conlon, a Woman/K … of Manoury, 2nd Lady/Die Zauberflöte, Suor Zelatrice/Suor Angelica conducted by Philippe Jordan and Samaritana/Francesca da Rimini conducted by Daniel Oren. Louise starred as the 2nd Lady in the film version of The Magic Flute directed by Kenneth Branagh.
Her roles have included Tigrana/Edgar, Dalila/Samson and Dalila in Valladolid, Erda/Das Rheingold and Siegfried, and Waltraute/Götterdämmerung with REMIX together under the direction of Peter Rundel at the Casa da Musica in Porto, Strasbourg – Festival Palace, Paris – Cité de la Musique, Nîmes Theater, Théâtre de Caen, Saint- Quentin-en-Yvelines Theater, Grand Théâtre de Reims, and Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, Amneris/Aïda at Opera Minsk, Herodiade/Herodiade, Laura Adorno/La Gioconda in Valladolid and Rossweisse/Die Walküre, Wellgunde/Das Rheingold, and Götterdämmerung, and 2nd Lady at the Paris National Opera conducted by Philippe Jordan.
On the concert platform highlights include Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with REMIX ensemble at the Casa da Musica in Porto, Handel’s Messiah with the Sydney Philharmonia and and a recent return to the Casa da Musica in Porto for Mahler ‘s Symphony no 2.
Now residing with her family in East Sussex, Louise made her debut with English National Opera in 2019 as Mrs Noye in Britten’s “Noyes Fludde” and then in 2020 made her debut with Scottish Opera as the Ist Secretary in John Adam’s “Nixon in China”. On the concert platform, Louise has had the pleasure of participating in a diverse range of performances. These have included notable events such as performing Verdi’s Requiem at the esteemed Royal Festival Hall, showcasing her talent at the Summer Proms for the National Memorial Arboretum, and delivering captivating renditions of the National Anthem at Twickenham Stadium for the Rugby England Autumn Internationals 2021 and the Ashes at Lords in 2023.
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