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, and is the recipient of Glyndebourne’s 2014 John Christie Award.
In the 2022/23 season include Fiordiligi in a new production of Così fan tutte for the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, and a return to the Glyndebourne Festival as Anne Trulove The Rake’s Progress.
Recent successes have included Susanna in a new production of Le nozze di Figaro for the Opernhaus Zürich; Susanna and Sophie Der Rosenkavalier for the Wiener Staatsoper; Susanna, Marzelline Fidelio and Gretel Hänsel und Gretel at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich; Musetta La bohème for the English National Opera; Cleopatra Giulio Cesare for the Theater an der Wien, Zerlina Don Giovanni and the title role in La Calisto for the Teatro Réal, Madrid; Zerlina for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Sophie, Zerlina and Lucia The Rape of Lucretia for Glyndebourne; Ilia Idomeneo and Pamina Die Zauberflöte for Garsington Opera and Gilda Rigoletto, Susanna, Pamina, Despina Così fan tutte, Cleopatra Giulio Cesare, Romilda Serse, Sophie, Gretel and the title role in The Cunning Little Vixen for Oper Frankfurt.
On the concert platform she sings Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle and his Symphony No. 4 with the Bayerisches Statsorchester/Vladimir Jurowski, Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen with Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia/Jakub Hrůša and Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Kirill Petrenko. Previous highlights include Strauss’s Four Last Songs with the Ulster Orchestra/Daniele Rustioni at the BBC Proms, the title role in Theodora at the BBC Proms and at the Kozerthaus in Vienna with Arcangelo/Jonathan Cohen; the title role in Semele on tour with the Monteverdi Choir/Sir John Eliot Gardiner; Schumann’s Szenen aus Goethes Faust with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Gardiner, Messiah with the New York Philharmonic/Harry Bicket, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Tokyo Philharmonic/Jonathan Nott, and Mozart Arias at the Salzburg Mozartwoche with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra/Daniel Harding.
Louise is a passionate recitalist, appearing at Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Wigmore Hall, BBC Proms, the Musikverein in Graz, Oper Frankfurt, Madrid’s Fundación Juan March and the Fundación Privada Victoria de los Ángeles in Barcelona, Birmingham’s Barber Institute, the Bath Mozart Festival, Snape Maltings, the Brighton and Oxford Lieder Festivals and in the Perth Concert Hall with pianists Helmut Deutsch, Joseph Middleton, Gary Matthewman, Julius Drake and Roger Vignoles.
Her recordings include Chère Nuit: French Songs featuring songs from Ravel to Yvain (Chandos), The Russian Connection programming songs by Rachmaninov, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Medtner and Britten (Chandos) and a disc of Strauss Lieder, Through Life and Love, (Orchid Classics), with pianist Joseph Middleton; Lucia The Rape of Lucretia (Opus Arte) and Silandra in Cesti’s L’Orontea (OEHMS Classics/Oper Frankfurt).