Antoinette Halloran grew up in the Melbourne suburbs of Rosanna and Deer Park. She attended Mac.Robertson Girls' High School and is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts where she won the Mabel Kent Scholarship and completed a Diploma of Arts (Voice); she has an Honours Degree in Music from the University of Melbourne. In 1993, she studied at the New England Conservatory in Boston.
In 1997 Halloran appeared in the Australian film True Love And Chaos. Halloran also appeared on the 2000 album Since I Left You by the Australian electronic music group The Avalanches. She played Gilda in Rigoletto – a perversion and Desdemona in Otello – a subversion for Theatreworks in their Verdi trilogy.
Early in her career, she performed Mimì in Puccini's La bohème for Oz Opera (the touring arm of Opera Australia); she would reprise that role several times in her career. In November 2002 she sang the title role in Jonathan Mills'[N 1] The Ghost Wife at the Barbican Centre in London with Richard Gill conducting.[N 2]
For Chamber Made Opera, Halloran has performed roles in Dominique Probst's Motherland of the Foreign Son and in Elena Kats-Chernin's Matricide – the Musical. In 1999, she sang Madam Olga in a national tour of Lehár's The Merry Widow, and the Mona Lisa for the Australian premiere of the musical Leonardo the Musical: A Portrait of Love. In 2000, Halloran was cast by the New York Producers of Forbidden Broadway to perform opposite Philip Gould in the Melbourne season. In 2002, she appeared as Sophie de Palma in the national touring production of Master Class.
In 2004, she toured Japan as Carlotta in Ken Hill’s Phantom of the Opera and played the role of Mrs Segstrom for the Melbourne Theatre Company in their production of Sondheim's A Little Night Music in Melbourne and Sydney. Also in 2004 Halloran was the winner of the Puccini Foundation Award of the Australian Acclaim Awards which enabled her to study under the Italian soprano Carla Maria Izzo and perform the roles of Kate Pinkerton in Puccini's Madama Butterfly and Prima Ancella in Turandot at the prestigious Festival Puccini in Torre del Lago, Italy. She also represented Australia at the "International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition", conducted by the Wiener Kammeroper.
Roles for Opera Australia proper include again Mimì in La bohème, Despina in Mozart's Così fan tutte, Gianetta in Gilbert and Sullivan's The Gondoliers and Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore, Ellen in Delibes' Lakmé. On 14 January 2009, she stepped in as understudy for Cheryl Barker to sing Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly.
For Melbourne Opera she has sung Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly, Donna Elvira in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Pamina in The Magic Flute and Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte. Halloran sang Fiordiligi for the inaugural season of Victorian Opera in 2006.
In 2007, Halloran sang the title role in Antonín Dvořák's Rusalka (in Czech), a highly acclaimed Stella in Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire which won her a Helpmann Award nomination for best "Best female performer in a supporting role in an opera", and Johanna Barker in Sondheim's Sweeney Todd for Opera Australia.
In 2008 she sang again Cio-Cio San and Mimì both for Opera Australia and, in a different production, for New Zealand Opera, and Adina in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore for Victorian Opera. Halloran sang the title role in Tosca for Melbourne Opera in 2009, and again in 2017 for the West Australian Opera. In 2010, she sang the title role in The Merry Widow for Opera Queensland (her Brisbane début) and Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus for Opera Australia. She returned to Victorian Opera in 2017 as The Fox Zlatohřbítek in Leoš Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen.
Halloran's concert performances include Mozart's Requiem with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Orff's Carmina Burana with the Melbourne Chorale, John Adams' El Niño with Sydney Philharmonia, Haydn’s Creation and Fauré's Requiem with the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic. She has appeared in concert with Elvis Costello and the Brodsky Quartet for the Sydney Festival. Halloran has also been invited as guest soloist with the Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne, Tasmanian symphony orchestras and with the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs. In 2017, she accompanied José Carreras on the Australian leg of his world farewell tour.
Halloran originally performed with the classical performance group Pot-Pourri; having also reached an advanced level of classical ballet, she became later their choreographer and artistic consultant.
Antoinette Halloran, Dimity Shepherd, Emily Whelan, Tiffany Speight, Danielle Calder, Ali McGregor form the group DivasInc ("Undercover Operators"), which specialises in bringing theatrical entertainment to corporate functions and concerts like Carols by Candlelight.
- Rhythm of Life (1995) (with Pot-Pourri), Move Records, Cat. No.: MCD058
- Something Familiar! Something Peculiar! (1997) (with Pot-Pourri), Move Records, Cat. No.: MCD086
- Puccini Romance, ABC Classics, Cat. No.: 476 6404
- Arias and duets (With Rosario La Spina) from La bohème, Tosca, Le Villi, La fanciulla del West, La rondine, Turandot, Madama Butterfly
- A Night at the Opera – The Greatest Arias & Duets, ABC Classics, Cat. No.: 476 6743
- "O soave fanciulla" (La bohème); "Un bel dì vedremo" (Madama Butterfly); "Viene la sera" (Madama Butterfly)
- "Ultimate nausea cure for mothers-to-be: Puccini" by John Mangan, The Age, 27 September 2009
- The Mac.Rob Portrait Gallery – Antoinette Halloran 1983–1986, Mac.Robertson Girls' High School
- True Love And Chaos (1996) on IMDb
- Since I Left You, notes and credits Archived 8 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
- Antoinette Halloran – profile (One Stop Entertainment)
- Arts Archive: The Gost Wife at the Barbican
- ABC Classic FM Music Details, 7 April 2007
- Biography (Allegro Music)
- The Acclaim Awards (see: About Acclaim)
- Short profile (Opera Australia)
- Edinburgh 2006
- Nominations for 2008 Helpmann Awards announced, 1 July 2008, Australian Stage Online
- "Australia's Newest Merry Widow – Operetta's Leading Lady" by Peter Pinne, Stage Whispers (July 2010)
- "Cycle of life is central in Leos Janacek's Cunning Little Vixen" by Peter Burch, The Australian, 26 June 2017
- "José Carreras in no rush to finish his world farewell tour" by Matthew Westwood, The Australian, 16 February 2017
- Move (record label): Pot-Pourri
- DivasInc. Who are we? Archived 13 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine
- "Fact Sheet: A Garden for Song", Jane Edmanson, Gardening Australia 25 June 2011, ABC