Australian Women's Register

An initiative of The National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW) in conjunction with The University of Melbourne

Skip to content

Use Trove to find more resources by/about this Woman

  • Trove

Raisbeck, Rosina (1916 - 2006)

Opera singer


Rosina Raisbeck enjoyed a successful career in London and performed on the club circuit across Australia in the 1960s, before joining the Australian Opera in 1971. She was still singing with the company at the age of 72.


Raisbeck was born in Ballarat to English and Italian parents, and grew up in Maitland. After success on the club circuit in New South Wales, she entered the New South Wales Conservatorium in 1942. Raisbeck won the Sun Aria and ABC Concerto and Vocal competitions in 1946. She auditioned at Covent Garden, London, and performed her debut role as Maddalena in Rigoletto the following year.

Raisbeck was a soloist in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony as part of the Queen's coronation celebrations in 1953. She sang with Sadler's Wells Opera in London, and with the Elizabethan Trust Opera Company at home in Sydney. In 1961, after her divorce from James Laurie, she returned to Sydney with her son, Jim. She joined the Australian Opera company ten years later. Raisbeck's last public appearance was at the 80th birthday concert of Dame Joan Sutherland, her friend and colleague, in October 2006.

Sources used to compile this entry: Tony Stephens, 'Mistress of stage, master of voice', Sydney Morning Herald, 8 January 2007. (Note: the National Library of Australia holds biographical cuttings on Rosina Raisbeck, Record ID: 2010171).

Archival resources

National Library of Australia

  • Raisbeck, Rosina (singer), Ephemera (PROMPT), Record ID: 3530570; Programs and related material collected by the National Library of Australia; Australian Performing Arts Collection (PROMPT); National Library of Australia. Details

State Library of New South Wales

  • Royce Rees collection of Sydney theatre photonegatives, 1946 - 1967, ON 192 ; PXA 739; Rees, Royce A.; State Library of New South Wales. Details

Digital resources

Rosina Raisbeck


Barbara Lemon

Site-wide information and acknowledgements

National Foundation for Australian Women The University of Melbourne, eScholarship Research Centre

© Copyright in The Australian Women's Register is owned by the Australian Women's Archives Project
and vested in each of the authors in respect of their contributions from 2000

The Australian Women's Register is licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Australia License

The Australian Women's Register is published quarterly by the Australian Women's Archives Project
ISSN 2207-3124