Soprano Louise Keast received initial operatic training at the Queensland Conservatorium and has developed an artists practice which encompasses performance, production, curation and direction. Louise graduated in 2018 from the Australian National University with a Bachelor in Art History and Curatorship and is a current pupil of dramatic contralto Liane Keegan.
In 2019 Louise has performed in the chorus of the acclaimed Melbourne Opera production of Wagner's The Flying Dutchman, has covered the role of Rosalinda (J. Strauss, Die Fledermaus) at the Cuskelly College of Music (Brisbane), and will make her international role debut in June in Sicily at the Mediterranean Opera Festival & Studio as Donna Elvira (Mozart's Don Giovanni) where she will also cover Micaela (Bizet’s Carmen). Louise has qualified for the final rounds of the prestigious International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in July, for which she will travel to Villach, Austria, and compete. Louise has been a finalist in the 2019 National Liederfest, recipient of the Loris Synan Award and Kaye Allen Award for most interesting program presented in the final, winner of the 2019 City of Warrnambool Eisteddfod Aria Competition, and a finalist in the Boroondara and Cowra Eisteddfod aria competitions. Additionally, Louise was a recent recipient of a professional development grant from Regional Arts Victoria to receive mentorships with industry professionals culminating in a concert tour of letter scenes and arias from opera.
Most significantly, Louise has been selected as an artist of the 2019-2020 Richard Divall Emerging Artist Programme (RDEAP) with Melbourne Opera. Further Information.
Other recent operatic roles include Ofglen (Ruders, The Handmaids Tale – Australian Premiere), Adina (Donizetti, L’elisir d’amore) and Eurydice (Gluck, Orphee et Eurydice), Mimi (Puccini, La Boheme), Suor Genovieffa and La Suora Infermia (Puccini, Suor Angelica), Mademoiselle Silverpeal (Mozart, The Impresario), Lucy (Menotti, The Telephone) and Widow Anna in an Australian adaptation of Lehar’s The Merry Widow from Bluegum Creek.
In 2018 Louise was a finalist in the Sydney Song Prize, semi-finalist in the Herald Sun Aria and a finalist in the Warrnambool, Ringwood and Cowra Aria competitions, as well as recipient of the Gertrude Johnson Fellowship and a studio artist of Gertrude Opera Studio. In 2016 Louise co-founded cross-disciplinary artists co-operative Revival House Project, which has toured the East Coast of Australia and to Germany and Austria under Louise’s artistic directorship. Louise has premiered site-specific auditory drawings with visual artist Hannah Quinlivan across Australia and in Berlin (Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik). Louise is the ongoing Festival Director of the Warrnambool Organ Festival and is passionately involved in community music making where she lives in South-West Victoria.