operatic work

 

After studying at Australian National University and then completeing a B(Mus) degree at the Royal Northern College of Music as a Peter Moores Scholar Ali started her career as an operatic soprano.

 

In 2000 she was chosen as one of Simone Young's Young Artists in her debut season as Artistic Director of Opera Austrlalia. So began a very fruitful 5 & 1/2 years as a principal soprano for that prestigious company performing and understudying over 25 roles winning awards and working with some of the biggest names in international opera. After running away with the circus in 2005 in the form of The Famous Spiegeltent's La Clique she focused more on an international cabaret career but never completely gave away her operatic voice singing  the title role in Melbourne Opera's Merry Widow in 2010, creating The Opera Burlesque and most recently leading the concept creation and starring in Victorian Opera's acclaimed new work Lorelei.

REVIEW QUOTES

Silverlake - Broomhill Opera Company

‘...a gorgeous young Australian soprano.. whose vocal glamour is matched by a vivid

stage personality.’

Daily Telegraph UK 

Beggar’s opera - Broomhill Opera Company

‘...she sings with a smoochy elegance’

Financial Times UK

‘ McGregor’s warm soprano is a delight to hear’

Guardian UK

‘...a beautiful, easy soprano which lightens the evening every time she appears.’

Metro London

‘.. a slender, luscious, doe-eyed, man-eater made of the finest Dresden china’

Sunday Times UK

‘the perfect innocent ingénue’

The Daily Telegraph

L’Elisir d’amore

‘...a joy to both watch and listen to’

Herald Sun

‘...a sexy Giannetta’

The Age

Don Giovanni

‘...stunning... seldom does one find such grace and energy combined in one voice’

Herald Sun

The Mikado

‘....one of the most beautiful and vivacious women in Australia.....’

Herald Sun

‘... McGregor’s Yum-Yum sparkles with sexy playfulness, moving simplicity and a beautiful warm tone.’

The Age

Love of Three Oranges

‘...pipingly coquettish...’

The Australian

‘As Ninetta she delivers the opera’s moment of fairy-princess delight with clarity and irresistible charm’

The Sydney Morning Herald

 

Below you will find a list of roles performed & understudied from her successful operatic career to date:

 

 

Lorelei

Langdon/Bennetto/Cosgriff

Year

Role

Opera Company

Venue

2018

Lorelei B

Victorian Opera

Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne

Merry Widow

Lehar

Year

Role

Opera Company

Venue

2011

Hanna

Melbourne Opera

Atheneum Theatre, Melbourne

Love of Three Oranges

Prokofiev

Year

Role

Opera Company

Venue

2005

Ninetta

OA

Syd/Melb Opera House

Don Giovanni

Mozart

Year

Role

Opera Company

Venue

2005

Zerlina

Opera New Zealand

Wellington/Auckland

Trial by Jury

G&S

Year

Role

Opera Company

Venue

2005

Plaintiff

OA

Syd/Melb Opera House

Die Zauberflote

Mozart

Year

Role

Opera Company

Venue

2005

Papagena

OA

Melbourne Opera Theatre

Die Fledermaus

J. Strauss

Year

Role

Opera Company

Venue

2005

Ida

OA

Syd/Melb Opera House

Die Fledermaus

J. Strauss

Year

Role

Opera Company

Venue

2005

Adele

OA

Understudy/2 Performances

Cunning Little Vixen

Janacek

Year

Role

Opera Company

Venue

2004

Vixen

OA

Understudy

The Mikado

G&S

Year

Role

Opera Company

Venue

2004

Yum-Yum

OA

Melb/Syd Opera House

Dido and Aeneas

Purcell

Year

Role

Opera Company

Venue

2004

2nd Woman

OA

Syd/Melb Opera House

Combattimento di Clorinda ed Tancredi

Monteverdi

Year

Role

Opera Company

Venue

2004

Clorinda

OA

Syd/Melb Opera House

Manon

Massenet

Year

Role

Opera Company

Venue

2004

Pousette

OA

Syd/Melb Opera House

Signor Bruschino

Rossini

Year

Role

Opera Company

Venue

2003

Sophia

OA

Understudy

Midsummer Night’s Dream

Britten

Year

Role

Opera Company

Venue

2003

Titania

OA

Understudy

La Cenerentola

Rossini

Year

Role

Opera Company

Venue

2003

Clorinda

OA

Syd/Melb Opera House

Die Zauberflote

Mozart

Year

Role

Opera Company

Venue

2003

Papagena

OA

Sydney Opera House

Don Giovanni

Mozart

Year

Role

Opera Company

Venue

2002/3

Zerlina

OA

Syd/Melb Opera House

Un Ballo in Maschera

Verdi

Year

Role

Opera Company

Venue

2002

Oscar

OA

Understudy

Fidelio

Beethoven

Year

Role

Opera Company

Venue

2002

Marzelline

OA

Sydney Opera House

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