Whether in concert, recital or on the operatic stage the luminous beauty of sound of soprano Joanna Cole is unmistakable. She has a prolific number of operatic roles to her credit, most of which she has sung for Opera Australia. Highlights include: Violetta: La Traviata; Countess: Le Nozze di Figaro; Gilda: Rigoletto; title roles in Lucia Di Lammermoor and Suor Angelica; Sophie: Der Rosenkavalier; Leila: Pearl Fishers, Micaela: Carmen; Morgana: Alcina; Gutrune: Wagner's Gotterdammerung' Pamina: Zauberflote;, Donna Anna: Don Giovanni; Roselinda: Die Fledermaus; Elvira: I Puritani; Liu: Turandot; Mimi: La Boheme; and the title role of Lindy in the world premiere performances of the opera based on the story of Lindy Chamberlain.
Highlighting her wide concert repertoire are acclaimed performances of Canteloube's Songs of the Auvergne; Mahler's Symphonies 4 & 8; Strauss' Four Last Songs; Mozart's Exultate Jubilate; Handel's Messiah; Haydn's Creation; Faure Requiem; Orff Carmina Burana ;Vivald's Laudate Pueri and, Beethoven's 9th Symphony.
As a guest artist, Joanna's performances have included performing at Victorian Opera's Inaugural concert and concert performances as Violetta in La Traviata; Dame Joan Sutherland's 70th birthday in London, and Richard Bonygne and Joan Sutherland's 50th Wedding Anniversary in Sydney;
Her London debut for Chelsea Opera in the role of Irene in Wagner's Rienzi received great acclaim from both audience and critics, which lead to her invitation to sing Royal performances as the main role, of Aminta in Mozart's Il Re Pastore with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Joanna is a graduate of the Melba Conservatorium of Music (BMUS); Queensland Conservatorium of Music (Grad Dip Music, Opera Performance) and was a member of Opera Australia's Esso Young Artist Development Program. She has been the recipient of many awards including the prestigious Remy Martin Opera Australia Award, The Bull Fellowship, Marianne Mathy Australian Singing Competition, The Joan Sutherland Society Scholarship and The Marion Isobel Thomas Estate Award. In 1995 Joanna was awarded a Sir Winston Churchill Fellowship enabling her to pursue further vocal excellence in the art of Bel Canto in Italy.
She is currently completing a Master's Degree in Music Performance (research) at the Victorian College of the Arts/ University of Melbourne and also has a private singing studio in Melbourne. Joanna is a passionate advocate of connecting music to the community through extensive charity work.