Soloist – Louise Alder, Soprano
Louise won best Young Singer at International Opera Awards 2017 and represented England in BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition 2017, winning the third round of the competition and the Dame Joan Sutherland Audience Prize.
Future engagements include Zerlina (Don Giovanni) at Royal Opera House, the title role in Partenope with San Francisco Opera, The Messiah at the New York Philharmonic, Susanna (The Marriage of Figaro) with English National Opera, Marzelline (Fidelio) with Bayerische Staatsoper, Anne Trulove (The Rake’s Progress) with Glyndebourne Festival Opera, her debut with the Canadian Opera Company, debut at the Vienna Staatsoper and returns to the Royal Opera House and Teatro Real Madrid.
Recent opera engagements include Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel) at Bayerische Staatsoper, title role in La Calisto with Ivor Bolton and Teatro Real Madrid, Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) with Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Welsh National Opera, Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) with Garsington Opera, Gilda (Rigoletto), Vixen Sharp Ears (Cunning Little Vixen), Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel), Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare in Egitto), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) and Romilda (Xerxes) with Oper Frankfurt.
Louise was a member of the Oper Frankfurt ensemble 2014-2019, other roles performed there include Monica (The Medium), Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Musetta (La Bohème), Despina (Cosi fan Tutte), Frasquita (Carmen), Clorinda (La Cenerentola), Silandra (L’Orontea), Atalanta (Xerxes), Lisa (La Sonnambula), Juliette Vermont (Der Graf von Luxemburg) and Sophie (Werther). Elsewhere she has sung Lucia (The Rape of Lucretia), Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Zerlina (Don Giovanni) with Glyndebourne, Ilia (Idomeneo) for Garsington Opera, Eurydice in Rossi’s Orpheus at the Wanamaker Globe for The Royal Opera, Rapunzel (Into the Woods) with Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, Soprano 1 in Mozart’s C Minor Mass with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Ilan Volkov and Marzelline (Fidelio) with BBC Philharmonic (both BBC Proms), Semele with Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Christoph Rousset in Vienna and London, Rossini arias with Antwerp Symphony Orchestra and Richard Egarr in Antwerp and Gent, Anne Truelove (Rake’s Progress) with National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Alexander Liebreich in Warsaw, at the BBC Proms, the title role of Poppea (L’incoronazione di Poppea) with Academy of Ancient Music/Richard Egarr in the Enescu Festival, Bucharest, Il Delirio Amoroso with Dunedin Consort/John Butt (Edinburgh International Festival) and Arcangelo Ensemble/Jonathan Cohen in Bruges, Zélidie (Zaïs by Rameau) with Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Coronation Gala at Buckingham Palace for Her Majesty the Queen.
Louise is also a passionate recitalist and has performed in venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Graz Musikverein, Oper Frankfurt, Purcell Room and Queen Elizabeth Hall (Southbank Centre), Cadogan Hall, Holywell Music Room Oxford and Queen’s Hall Edinburgh with pianists Gary Matthewman, James Baillieu, Helmut Deutsch and Joseph Middleton.
Louise won the inaugural British Young Soloists’ Competition at the Wigmore Hall in 2015, the 2014 Glyndebourne Festival Opera John Christie Award and the 2013 Glyndebourne on Tour Donald Albert Anderson Award. Also in 2013, Louise won second prize in Kathleen Ferrier Award and an INDEPENDENT OPERA fellowship and became a Classical Opera Associate Artist. Other prizes include first prize and a Miriam Licette Award in the 2012 Maggie Teyte French Song Competition, and numerous prizes at the Royal College of Music including the 2013 Tagore Gold Medal awarded every year to two graduating students for outstanding representation of the RCM. Louise is a 2013 Samling Scholar and a Britten-Pears young artist almuni.
Louise was born in London into a family of musicians and graduated with First Class Honours from the University of Edinburgh in 2010 where she studied singing with Patricia MacMahon. The same year she joined the Royal College of Music, graduating in 2013 from the International Opera School as the inaugural Kiri te Kanawa scholar. She continues to study with Dinah Harris.
With Arcangelo 2019/20: Handel ‘Theodora’ in concert.