Tobias Cole is passionate about the music of George Frideric Handel. An award-winning opera singer and conductor, his long-term ambition is to stage all of Handel’s English works in Australia.
Tobias began to realise this dream as Artistic Director of the Canberra Choral Society, presenting ‘Saul’ (2012), ‘Theodora’ (2013), ‘Alexander Balus’ (2014) and ‘Hercules’ (2015) – all to audience and critical acclaim. In 2016 he launched his own professional opera company, Handel in the Theatre, debuting with ‘The Vow’ (based on Handel’s Jephtha).
Tobias is drawn to Handel’s genius as a composer, storyteller and opera producer, and collaborates with musicians who share this appreciation. Together they are committed to engaging modern audiences in the drama of Handel’s English works, without comprising the integrity of the music.
As a countertenor, Tobias won a Green Room award for his performance in Handel’s ‘Xerxes’ in 2009. He has performed throughout Australia, New Zealand, the UK and USA including title roles with Opera Australia, State Opera of South Australia, New Zealand Opera and Victorian Opera; in all the major Australian music festivals; with the Melbourne, Queensland and WA Symphony Orchestras; and been a guest member of the Song Company for many years.