The Australian mezzo-soprano, Sally-Anne Russell, has performed in concerts, recitals and on the operatic stage in America, The Nederlands, Austria, the UK, Italy, Germany, New Zealand, Japan and Canada. Most recently Sally-Anne made her Washington DC debut as Ursula in Beatrice et Benedict for Washington Concert Opera at the Kennedy Centre and a 2nd season for the Carmel Bach Festival in California.
Operatic roles include Rosina in Il Barbiere de Seviglia (New Zealand), Mistress Quickly in Falstaff (UK), Lucienne in Die Tote Stadt (Spoleto, Italy), Amastris in Xerses (Oper der Stadt Köln, Germany), Suzuki in Madame Butterfly (State Opera of South Australia), Dido in Dido & Aeneas, and fifteen roles as a resident principal for the Victoria State Opera. Sally-Anne Russell also received much acclaim for her performance in the roles of Juno/Ino in Semele for Pinchgut Opera.
Sally-Anne Russell appears with all the Symphony Australia Orchestras, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Bach Ensemble and at all of the major Australian Festivals. Recent performances include J.S. Bach's St. John Passion (BWV 245), Magnificat (BWV 243) and Cantatas at the Carmel Bach Festival, Voices of Light with the Australian Chamber Orchestra for Sydney Festival, Ottorino Respighiís Il Tramonto and Rossini/W.A. Mozart Arias with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Giovanni Battista Pergolesiís Stabat Mater with The Queensland Orchestra, Gustav Mahler's Songs of a Wayfarer and Felix Mendelssohnís Midsummer Nightís Dream with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, George Frideric Handelís Joshua with Adelaide Philharmonia Choirs, F. Mendelssohnís Elijah, J.S. Bachís St Mathew Passion (BWV 244) and The Messiah with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs , J.S. Bach's B Minor Mass (BWV 232) with Melbourne Chorale, de Fallaís El Amor Brujo with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, G.F. Handelís Lucretia and Dixit Dominus with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra in Vancouver, Benjamin Brittenís Spring Symphony with Christchurch Symphony in New Zealand, Rossini and W.A. Mozart Arias with Orchestra Victoria and national broadcasts for ABC radio Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Sally-Anne also sits as a member of the International Jury for the Kathaumixw Festival in Canada and for the Belvedere International Singing Competition.
Approaching engagements include the title role in La Cenerentola for West Australian Opera, The Fairy Queen for Pinchgut Opera, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel for Singapore Lyric Opera, Igor Stravinskyís Pulcinella, G.F. Handelís Messiah and W.A. Mozartís Requiem with Melbourne Symphony, G. Mahler's Symphony No 2 and W.A. Mozartís Requiem for Sydney Philharmonia and W.A. Mozartís Requiem for West Australian Symphony. Also on release with ABC Classics is a disc of J.S. Bach arias and duets with Sara Macliver and G.F. Handelís Semele. Sally-Anne Russell has return visits to Canada and the Carmel Bach Festival under the baton of Bruno Weil, a relationship that will last until 2006.