Australian/American soprano Corinne Cowling has performed in major concert halls across the UK and Istanbul including the Barbican Concert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall with Raymond Gubbay’s Johann Strauss Gala National Tour for seasons 2017 and 2018 alongside tenor Nicky Spence and under the baton of conductor John Rigby.
Performance highlights for the 2016/17 season included London Symphony Orchestra’s Guildhall Artist Platform Series performing a selection of Wolf and Mahler songs at the Barbican Concert Hall and LSO St Luke’s. Corinne performed the role of Barbarina (cover role Susanna) in Clonter Opera’s Le nozze di Figaro and the role of Cosette in Pimlico Opera/Grange Park Opera’s Prison Project production of Les Misérables. Other performance engagements include Handel’s Messiah with Plymouth University Choral Society and Sinfonia, Song in the City ‘American Voices’, The Magic of Opera at Woburn Abbey and Drake Calleja Trust Scholars’ Gala alongside tenor Joseph Calleja.
Corinne recently graduated from the Masters of Music in Vocal Performance with Distinction at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London UK, under the guidance of Professor Susan McCulloch. Whilst at Guildhall Corinne was selected as a finalist for the Chartered Surveryors Prize, the English Song Prize and performed in public masterclasses with Mark Padmore, Janice Watson, Amanda Roocroft and Rudolf Piernay. She was awarded first place in the Franz-Schubert-Institut Competition, receiving a scholarship for the 2016 Franz-Schubert-Institut Master Course in Baden Bei Wien, Austria. Corinne made her Wigmore Hall debut collaborating with members of The Prince Consort, Stephen Hough and selected Guildhall students on Stephen Hough’s own composition ‘Other Love Songs’. She was also selected to be part of Graham Johnson’s Song Guild and the Semi-Chorus for Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Concert Hall, conducted by Sir Mark Elder.
Roles include Barbarina (Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro), Bubikopf (Viktor Ullmann’s The Emperor of Atlantis), Gretel (Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel) and Angelica (Luigi Ricci’s La Serva e L’Ussero). As part of Guildhall Opera Scenes Corinne has performed the roles of Nanetta (Verdi’s Falstaff), Fanny (Rossini’s La Cambiale di matrimonio), Frasquita (Bizet’s Carmen) and Laetitia (Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief). Other solo performances include The Youth in Mendelssohn’s ‘Elijah’, Haydn’s ‘The Creation’, Handel’s ‘Messiah’, and Faure’s ‘Requiem’.
Prior to her studies in London, Corinne graduated with a Bachelor of Music and Graduate Diploma in Classical Voice at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts where she studied with Patricia Price and Linda Barcan. She took part in the WAAPA International Art Song Festival in both 2014 and 2015, working closely with Graham Johnson OBE, Deborah Birnbaum and Mary King. Corinne also completed a Certificate II in Musical Theatre at WAAPA in 2008 and was a member of Youth Ballet WA. In 2009 she studied in the Diploma of Dance program at the Koninklijk Conservatorium, Den Haag, The Netherlands, under the guidance of Christopher Powney and Wim Broeckx. Throughout her studies in Den Haag she had the opportunity to perform across The Netherlands for the 2009 Holland Dance Festival.
Awards include third place in the 2017 Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition and a finalist at the 2017 Bampton Opera Young Singers’ Competition. The Guildhall School of Music and Drama Award at the Finals of the 2014 IFAC Australian Singing Competition, as well as the Clark & Associates Prize, the Universal Music Australia Prize and the WAAPA International Art Song Festival Prize. First place in Art Song Perth’s 2014 Evelyn and Ralph Thompson Memorial Scholarship and the 2013 Dame Mary Gilmore Award for the most promising overall final year female student in Classical Voice at WAAPA.
Corinne was the recipient of The Rosaleen McFie Osborn Award, the Sheila White Award, and the Erika Burgell Legacy Award at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She is also generously supported by the Drake Calleja Trust, Ian Potter Cultural Trust, the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship and the Golden Key International Honour Society.