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Ian Cousins has represented Australia in the Pan Pacific finals of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions and won the Victorian State Final of the ABC's Instrumental & Vocal Competition.
He has appeared regularly for Melbourne Opera singing such roles as Don Basilio in The Barber of Seville, Sharpless in Madam Butterfly, Doctor Bartolo in The Barber of Seville, Benoit & Alcindoro in La Boheme, Baron Dauphol in La Traviata, Baron Zeta in The Merry Widow, Zuniga in Carmen and, during 2011, Dancairo in the same opera. He sang Don Alfonso in Cosi Fan Tutte for the company's 2012 Melbourne and 2013 regional touring seasons.
Other operatic engagements include performances in over sixty principal baritone roles with the Victoria State Opera, and Alidoro in Cenerentola for Opera Queensland, Nachtigall in The Mastersingers Of Nuremburg for Opera Australia, Nick Shadow in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress and Sharpless in Madam Butterfly, both for Oz Opera. He appeared for Victorian Opera as Vicar Gedge in Albert Herring during 2011.
He has been engaged as soloist by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the West Australian Symphony Australia and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, as well as appearing for Orchestra Victoria and the Melbourne Chorale.