Amanda Cole holds a music degree from the University of Melbourne, specialising in early music, and is in her fourth year of the Master of Music performance programme at the Victorian College of the Arts. Amanda also studies performance and the Alexander Technique with Catherine Madden in Seattle, Washington. Amanda’s operatic roles and oratorio appearances include Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas for Eastern Metropolitan Opera, and Second Witch in the same opera for St Martin’s Theatre. Solo appearances with various ensembles and orchestras include Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s St John Passion, Vaughan Williams’ Mass in G Minor, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, Couperin’s Leçons de Ténèbres and Rorem’s Evidence of Things Not Seen. In 2000 Amanda was awarded a Churchill Fellowship for studies in language coaching in France, Germany and Italy. She has taught Languages for Singers at the Victorian College of the Arts, the University of Melbourne and the Australian Catholic University. She is currently focussing on new and different ways of approaching performance and voice teaching which differ from the traditional.