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Playlist: Anna Dowsley, from Strauss to Michael Jackson (via Liza Minnelli)

Mezzo soprano Anna Dowsley is quickly becoming one of Australia’s most in-demand rising operatic talents. She spent much of 2015 in trouser roles, playing young men in The Marriage of Figaro, Don Carlos (pictured above) and Faust. But in 2016, she returns to female roles, playing Rosina in The Barber of Seville and Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutte.

We asked her to share her musical inspirations.

The Barber of Seville — Dunque io son

My playlist would always include the next role or concert that I am preparing. At the moment my list in inundated with the genius music of Gioachino Rossini as I prepare for my role debut as Rosina. Il Barbiere di Siviglia is an opera full of catchy musical gems such as this quintessentially Rossini duet:

Simon and Garfunkel — Homeward Bound

I adore Simon and Garfunkel and there are too many of their songs to choose from. This one always hits the heart strings when the performing job takes you far away from home and your loved ones….

Michael Jackson — The Way You Make Me Feel

My essential pre-performance dressing room soundtrack has to include some Michael Jackson. It always puts a smile on my face, makes me want to dance and distracts me from any nerves that are building up!

Strauss — Der Rosenkavalier trio

This has to be one of my favourite musical moments spanning all the centuries of the operatic repertoire. Richard Strauss composes so powerfully for three female voices, beautifully melded with those harmonies, the rich orchestration and “that” musical climax…

Liza Minnelli — Maybe This Time

Liza Minnelli in Cabaret; I love how you can hear the pain, heartbreak and hope richly oozing from her voice so freely and openly. She is such an incredible artist of our time.

The Barber of Seville is at the Sydney Opera House from January 28 to March 22.

Cosi Fan Tutte is at the Sydney Opera House from July 19 to August 13

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