One aspect of this production that was indisputably in line with Rossini’s intentions was among its highlights: Sally-Anne Russell’s Rosina. The role was written for a mezzo-soprano and she has the range and flexibility to do justice to the role vocally. A full, warm tone throughout from bottom to top and neatly executed coloratura passages were invested with a musical ease and lightness of touch essential to the character. Her vivacity and wicked sense of humour also had the power to delight and charm the audience as well as her suitors.
Heather Leviston - Classic Melbourne July 2015
Sally-Anne Russell is one of Australia’s current operatic and oratorio stars. She gave the character of Rosina believable determination, and her beautiful mezzo soprano was all that could be desired.
Rob Holdsworth - The Australian Book Review
Mezzo-soprano Russell is in delightful form as dear Rosina, conveying the comedy with a twinkle in her eye and singing with a golden, expressive tone.
Known as much for her Baroque virtuosity as for her Bel Canto interpretations, Sally-Anne Russell’s fleet coloratura and comic timing make her an ideal Rosina.
Samuel Krum -Stage Whispers
“Preceding the Beethoven Choral Fantasy we heard mezzo Sally-Anne Russell in a deeply moving performance of Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody in which she injected long legato lines with expressive intensity and lovely dramatic color. She exhibits astriking presence on stage that matches the authority of her performance.
Lyn Bronson, Peninsula Reviews, 18 July 2010
Sally-Anne Russell has performed in twenty countries in 73 operatic roles and has 40 CDs / DVDs with ABC Classics, CHANDOS, NAXOS and DECCA labels. Her awards include an ARIA for Pergolesi Stabat Mater with Sara Macliver and nominations for Young Australian of the Year, Young Achiever of the Year, Green Room and Helpmann Awards.
A prolific exponent of early and Baroque repertoire her Handel operas and oratorios include Alcina, Julius Caesar, Semele, Xerses all for Opera Australia, Judas Maccabeus, Joshua, Solomon, Esther, Theodora, Hercules, Dixit Dominus, Belshazzar, Israel in Egypt, Jeptha, Lucretia and over 150 performances of Messiah in Japan, USA, Canada, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Australia. Other early works include Buxtehude, Telemann, Zelenka and operas of Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Purcell. She has sung 130 Bach Cantatas as alto soloist including all solo works 35, 54, 169, 170, Magnificat, St John Passion, St Matthew Passion, Christmas Oratorio, B Minor Mass and a 10-year association as alto soloist with the Carmel Bach Festival in California.
Sally-Anne has performed with all the Australian Opera Companies and Symphony Orchestras, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian String Quartet, Musica Viva and all major Festivals. Internationally with Washington National Opera, Spoleto Festival (Italy) and Cologne Opera.
Recent highlights include recording with New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Soundz New Zealand, an Australian tour for Victorian Opera / Musica Viva of Voyage to the Moon, concerts with Sumi Jo and concerts with Melbourne, Sydney, West Australian, Tasmanian, Auckland, Christchurch and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras, Dido in Dido and Aeneas, debuts of Rossini Stabat Mater, Beethoven Mass in C, Romeo and Juliet with Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Messiah with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and concerts throughout Austria.
Sally-Anne is also a member of the Kathaumixw Festival International Artistic Council in Canada.
You can see Sally-Anne Russell in action at Great Classics - A Baroque Easter on Thursday 18 April.