Ali started her career as a principal soprano with Opera Australia – during this time she performed over 25 roles including Zerlina, Papagena, Adele, Yum Yum, Marzelinne and an award winning Clorinda in La Cenerentola. After running away with the circus in the form of hit show La Clique (La Soiree) in 2005, she is now an award-winning international cabaret artist who has performed everywhere from Glastonbury to Carnegie Hall.
Her shows The Opera Burlesque, Jazz Cigarette, Alchemy, Ali McGregor’s Late-Nite Variety-Nite Night, Decadence and Jazzamatazz! have toured international festivals that include Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Melbourne Jazz Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Perth Fringe Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival and London’s Wonderground.
As an actress Ali has performed with Sydney Theatre Company under the direction of Max Stafford Clark. Ali has been nominated for a Green Room Award 3 times, winning for best supporting actress in an Opera for La Cenerentola and was awarded a special ‘Outstanding Contribution to Cabaret Award’ in 2015. She was also awarded the Three Weeks Editor’s Choice award in Edinburgh 2013.
For ABC Music she has released both a CD and DVD of JAZZAMATAZZ! for which she was nominated for an ARIA Award in 2014 and ‘A Very Jazzamatazz Christmas’ in 2015. Ali has also released two independent studio CDs – Jazz Cigarette and ALCHEMY.
Alongside Eddie Perfect, Ali was co-Artistic Director for Adelaide Cabaret Festival in 2016/2017, then returned as sole Artistic Director in 2018.
Ali was concept creator of ‘Lorelei’, a highly acclaimed new operatic work for Victorian Opera in 2018 and she will again star in the piece for Opera Queensland in 2020. Last year also saw Ali play the role of Desiree Armfeldt alongside Nancye Hayes & Simon Gleeson in Victorian Opera’s lauded production of A Little Night Music.
In 2018 Ali’s very personal one-woman show ‘YMA SUMAC – The Peruvian Songbird’ made its debut at Adelaide Cabaret festival. She went on to perform the show at the Sydney Opera House and she was awarded the prestigious Helpmann Award for Best Cabaret Performance 2019.
Ali made her SSO debut in 2007 for Sydney Festival’s Barber to Bernstein under the baton of famed English conductor Charles Hazelwood. She made her SSO return earlier this year for ‘A Night at the Speakeasy’ with Guy Noble and Burlesque queen Imogen Kelly.
2020 was scheduled to be a very busy year for Ali but when Covid-19 hit, the Arts Industry along with so many others, was sent into a grinding halt. Her show Late Nite Variety Nite Night at the Arts Centre Melbourne was ingeniously remodelled to a pandemic friendly online variety show Choose Your Own Variety where audiences picked their own acts, much like the Choose Your Own Adventure books of the 80’s. Joining Ali across several episodes are a top-notch line-up of the best comedians, cabaret stars and burlesque artists that Melbourne has to offer. Together they have found a new way to bring the live cabaret experience to audiences online.
‘Somewhere between opera and pop sits a genre of music called ‘Ali McGregor’ HERALD SUN
‘Ali McGregor has the kind of silky smooth singing voice that transports you to a different plane, in a way that makes you forget everything you were doing before walking in to the theatre and everything you intended to be doing when you walk out again’ THE SCOTSMAN
‘McGregor’s voice is phenomenal’ TELEGRAPH UK ★★★★
‘Fun, unpretentious, but underpinned with incredible musicality, superb dynamics and spectacular vocal feats, some of which are so breathtaking and ‘death-defying’, as to be almost circus-worthy’ AUSTRALIAN THEATRE
‘McGregor’s vocal range and quality of sound is extraordinary, as is the energy she exudes’ ★ ★ ★ ★ Edinburgh Guide