Louise Alder studied at the Royal College of Music’s International Opera School where she was the inaugural Kiri Te Kanawa Scholar.
She won the Young Singer Award at the 2017 International Opera Awards and the Dame Joan Sutherland Audience Prize at the 2017 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. She also won the 2015 inaugural Young British Soloists’ Competition, is the recipient of Glyndebourne’s 2014 John Christie Award and took 2nd Prize in the 2013 Kathleen Ferrier Competition.
She is a member of Oper Frankfurt’s Ensemble where her roles in the 2017/18 season include Sophie Werther and Despina Così fan tutte. She also returns to Garsington Opera as Pamina in a new production of Die Zauberflöte and to the Glyndebourne Festival as Sophie Der Rosenkavalier.
Recent successes have included Sophie Der Rosenkavalier for Welsh National Opera; Lucia The Rape of Lucretia and Zerlina Don Giovanni for Glyndebourne; Ilia Idomeneo for Garsington Opera; Euridice in Luigi Rossi’s Orpheus for the Royal Opera; Rapunzel Into the Woods for the Théâtre du Châtelet and Gilda Rigoletto, Susanna Le nozze di Figaro, Cleopatra Giulio Cesare, Sophie Der Rosenkavalier, Gretel Hänsel und Gretel and the title role in The Cunning Little Vixen for Oper Frankfurt.
Future seasons include further roles in Frankfurt; returns to Glyndebourne and to the Royal Opera and débuts at the Teatro Réal, Madrid in the title role in La Calisto and at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich as Gretel.
Concert performances have taken her to the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, St Magnus and London Handel Festivals and to the BBC Proms with particular highlights including the title role in Semele (OAE/Bolton); Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, Sophie Der Rosenkavalier and Marzelline Fidelio (BBC Proms); Poulenc’s Gloria (Hallé Orchestra/Macelaru); Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No. 3 (LSO/Elder); Poppea L’incoronazione di Poppea (Academy of Ancient Music/Egarr); an all Handel programme at the Edinburgh Festival (Dunedin Consort/Butt) and Bach’s St John Passion (Royal Northern Sinfonia/Bicket).
Louise is also a passionate recitalist, appearing at the Musikverein in Graz, the Frankfurt Opera, Madrid’s Fundación Juan March, Birmingham’s Barber Institute, the Brighton Festival, Holywell Music Room in Oxford and in the Perth Concert Hall with pianists Helmut Deutsch, Joseph Middleton, Gary Matthewman, John Paul Ekins, Roger Vignoles and Matthew Fletcher.
Her recordings include a disc of Strauss Lieder, Through Life and Love, with pianist Joseph Middleton (Orchid Classics), Lucia The Rape of Lucretia (Opus Arte) and Silandra in Cesti’s L’Orontea (OEHMS Classics/Oper Frankfurt).