ALI MCGREGOR is a singer based between Melbourne and London. She started her career as a principal soprano with Opera Australia then ran away with the circus in the form of hit show La Clique (La Soiree). She is now an award winning cabaret performer who has performed everywhere from Glastonbury to Carnegie Hall and is one of the most in demand performers on the international festival circuit. She was nominated for an ARIA award in 2014 and in 2015 was awarded a Green Room Award for her contribution to cabaret and she most recently won a coveted Helpmann Award for her cabaret show Yma Sumac - The Peruvian Songbird after successful seasons at Adelaide Cabaret Festival and the Sydney Opera House.
After wrapping two critically acclaimed seasons as Co - Artistic Director for Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2016/2017 alongside Eddie Perfect, Ali then returned as sole Artistic Director in 2018. She most recently conceived an opera ‘Lorelei’ with music/lyrics by Casey Bennetto, Gillian Cosgriff & Julian Langdon that debuted at Victorian Opera in November 2018 and is a part of Opera Queensland forthcoming 2020 season.
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.
"...matching the trumpets note for note in the high register or delivering some incredibly shimmering, whistle-like slides into the stratosphere. Her spectacular mambo take on Mozart’s Queen of the Night aria, à la Sumac, had the audience eating out of her hand."
"First class, and top shelf. There’s no reason why Yma Sumac, The Peruvian Songbird should not tour all over the world. It is that good."
"Ranging from deep, earthshaking bass to dizzying, sky-scraping high notes there are not enough superlatives to describe Mc Gregor's voice, or how listening to it makes you feel right in the core of your being. Completely exhilarating."
"Five stars really do not fully import the wonder that is this show. Don’t miss it."
"This is an unforgettable show."
"...powerful, empathetic, and a little bit miraculous."
"the big star of McGregor’s act is her voice, that does tricks that even a circus performer could only dream of replicating.'
"Ali McGregor In Decadence was faultless."
'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 ★★★★★