Jul 03

Aivale Cole

Personal Life:

Aivale Cole (born Mabel Faletolu in Wellington, New Zealand) is a Lyric Soprano singer in Opera, and is currently based in London, United Kingdom.

Cole loves to perform and interpret the text of her roles in saying “You need to tell the story –people want to hear the beautiful sound and the beautiful voice – but if you can add fantastic acting and presence, and great communication with your audience, you’re giving excellence.”

You also need to learn the language, admits Aivale. “It’s tiresome to be translating all the time, so it’s really important to learn an opera language fluently, such as Italian, German or French.”

Aivale has performed in Italy, Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia and Fiji and was invited to sing at the opening of the Asian Economic Forum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Cole is married with two children and she is a big supporter of the programme ‘Books in Homes’ in New Zealand.



Cole graduated from the Australian Opera Studio with Honors and awarded the Dux Prize in 2005.

Cole completed a Bachelor in Performance Art degree at The national Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art (NASDA) in Christcrhuch, New Zealand.

Cole also has a Diploma in Performance Art (Opera) at the University of Auckland.


Professional Career:

Aivale’s performances on the concert platform include The Requiem (Verdi) with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra conducted by Arvo Volmer; The Four Last Songs (Richard Strauss) with the Wellington Orchestra conducted by Marc Taddei; and the world premier of The Passion according to St Mark (Richard Mills) in Hobart, Perth and Brisbane. In September, Aivale made her debut at the Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs conducted by Brett Weymark in performances of The Requiem (Verdi).

On the operatic stage she has been seen in the title roles in Aida (Verdi), Ariadne auf Naxos (R. Strauss) and Madama Butterfly (Puccini); Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare (Handel); Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia (Britten); Countess Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart), Micaela in Carmen (Bizet), Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte (Mozart).

Aivale sang in the Samoan opera Classical Polynesia (Igelese Ete) at the International Festival of the Arts Wellington, New Zealand and sang the leading role of the Taupou (The Virgin Bride) in Ifoga (Igelese Ete) at the Christchurch Arts Festival. She is heard with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra on the soundtrack of The Lord of the Rings-Fellowship of the Rings. She gave a recital at the South Pacific Festival in Noumea and broadcasts regularly throughout New Zealand and Australia for New Zealand Radio and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Aivale is also a talented actress and has appeared in many straight acting roles such as Sas in the award-winning play Sons (Victor Rodgers); Andromache in Trojan Women (Euripides) and in her only short film The Bakers Brothers (Andrea Bosshard).


Highlights and Awards:

  • Winner of the 2009 Lexus Song Quest – the most prestigious song quest in the southern hemisphere and the 2006 Lockwood Aria Competition
  • Finalist in the McDonald’s Aria Competition in Sydney
  • Singing highlights was being selected to perform the title role in Aida for the West Australian Opera in Perth

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