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Louise Alder



Louise Alder in action.
Louise Alder in Orpheus © 2015 ROH. Photograph by Stephen Cummiskey

English soprano Louise Alder made her Royal Opera debut in 2015 as Eurydice (Rossi’s Orpheus) at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe.

Alder was born in London and studied at Edinburgh University and the Royal College of Music International Opera School, where she was the inaugural Kiri Te Kanawa Scholar. She is a member of Frankfurt Opera’s ensemble, where her roles include Gretel, Lisa (La sonnambula), Silandra (L’Orontea) and Musetta (La bohème). Engagements elsewhere include Lucia (The Rape of Lucretia) for Glyndebourne Festival, Ilia (Idomeneo) for Garsington Opera, Clomiri (Imeneo) for London Handel Festival, Atalanta (Xerxes) for English Touring Opera and Rapunzel (Into the Woods) for Théatre du Châtelet.

Her concert performances include Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) at the BBC Proms, Zélide (Rameau’s Zaïs, UK premiere) with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and appearances in Edinburgh, Munich, Budapest and Moscow, among others. She has sung in recital at the Brighton Festival and in venues including the Musikverein Graz, Frankfurt Opera, the Barber Institute, Birmingham, and the Southbank Centre. Her awards include the 2014 John Christie Award, and in 2017 she was named Young Singer of the Year at the International Opera Awards.