Ali McGregor started her career as a principal soprano with Opera Australia in 2000. After performing over 25 roles she crept into The Famous Spiegeltent one night, beginning her love affair with cabaret. She eventually ran away with the circus, joining hit show La Clique (La Soiree) in 2005.
Her shows The Opera Burlesque, Jazz Cigarette, Alchemy, Ali McGregor's Late-Nite Variety-Nite Night and Jazzamatazz! have toured international festivals that include Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Melbourne Jazz Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Perth Fringe Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival and London's Wonderground.
As an actress she has performed with Sydney Theatre Company under the direction of Max Stafford Clark. She has been nominated for a Green Room Award 3 times, winning for best supporting actress in an Opera for La Cenerentola.
She has also performed with Broomhill Opera Company & Clonter Opera Company in the UK and with Melbourne Opera Company, taking the title role in The Merry Widow.
In 2013 she was awarded the Three Weeks Editor's Choice award at Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In 2015 she was awarded a Green Room Award for 'Contribution to Cabaret' and was also named as Barry Humphries successor, alongside Eddie Perfect, as Artistic Director of Adelaide Cabaret Festival for 2016/17. In 2018 Ali took the reins as sole artistic Director of the festival.
In November 2018 Victorian Opera debuted the operatic cabaret LORELEI a project conceived by Ali who stars in it alongside the other original members of The Opera Burlesque - Antoinette Halloran & Dimity Shepherd. The piece is being composed by Julian Langdon with a libretto by Casey Bennetto & Gillian Cosgriff. The season sold out and was met with critical acclaim. Lorelei will be presented by Opera Queensland in March 2020.
In 2018 Ali debuted her own show 'Yma Sumac - The Peruvian Songbird' at Adelaide Cabaret Festival. In 2019 it was performed at the Sydney Opera House and won the prestigious Helpmann Award for Cabaret. In 2020 the show will be presented by Victorian Opera at the Arts Centre Melbourne.
In 2020 she will also perform with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and return to the Melbourne Comedy Festival hosting the 13th year of her Late-Nite Variety-Nite Night.
'Somewhere between opera and pop sits a genre of music called 'Ali McGregor'
'Ali McGregor has the kind of silky smooth singing voice that transports you to a different plane, in a way that makes you forget everything you were doing before walking in to the theatre and everything you intended to be doing when you walk out again' THE SCOTSMAN
‘McGregor’s voice is phenomenal’ TELEGRAPH ★★★★
'Money can’t buy this much heart, sass and pure, mainlined joy' ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Herald Sun
'Fun, unpretentious, but underpinned with incredible musicality, superb dynamics and spectacular vocal feats, some of which are so breathtaking and 'death-defying', as to be almost circus-worthy' AUSTRALIAN THEATRE
'at the end of each song I found myself slightly out of breath.'
THE NEW CURRENT ★★★★★