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Louise Alder

Soprano

Biography

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

British soprano Louise Alder made her Royal Opera debut in the 2015/16 Season as Euridice (Rossi’s Orpheus) at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe. She returns in the 2019/20 Season as Zerlina (Don Giovanni).

Alder studied at Edinburgh University and at the Royal College of Music. She was a member of the ensemble of Frankfurt Opera (2014–19), where her roles have included Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare), Romilda (Serse), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Despina (Così fan tutte), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Gilda (Rigoletto), Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), the title role of The Cunning Little Vixen and Monica (The Medium). Other appearances include Sophie for Glyndebourne Festival and Welsh National Opera, Lucia (The Rape of Lucretia) and Zerlina for Glyndebourne, Ilia (Idomeneo) and Pamina for Garsington Opera, Gretel for Bavarian State Opera and the title role of La Calisto for Teatro Real, Madrid.

Selected concert appearances include the title role of Theodora at the BBC Proms, the title role of Semele on tour with the Monteverdi Choir, a staged Messiah with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Carmina Burana with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Brahms’s Ein deutsche Requiem with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also sung with orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Academy of Ancient Music and appeared in recital at leading venues in the UK and in Germany and Austria. Alder won the 2017 Young Singer award at the International Opera Awards and the Dame Joan Sutherland Audience Prize at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. Her recordings include a disc of Strauss Lieder.

Videos

Photos

Production photo of Don Giovanni, The Royal Opera

Production photo of Don Giovanni, The Royal Opera

Louise Alder as Zerlina in Don Giovanni, The Royal Opera

Leon Kosavic as Masetto and Louise Alder as Zerlina in Don Giovanni, The Royal Opera

Louise Alder and Mary Bevan in Orpheus

Verena Gunz, Emily Edmonds, Louise Alder and Jennifer Davis in rehearsal for Orpheus, The Royal Opera and Shakespeare's Globe

Production photo of Don Giovanni, The Royal Opera

Production photo of Don Giovanni, The Royal Opera

Roberto Tagliavini as Leporello, Leon Kosavic as Masetto and Louise Alder as Zerlina in Don Giovanni, The Royal Opera

Roberto Tagliavini as Leporello, Daniel Behle as Don Ottavio and Louise Alder as Zerlina in Don Giovanni, The Royal Opera

Louise Alder in Orpheus

Mary Bevan and Louise Alder in rehearsal for Orpheus, The Royal Opera and Shakespeare's Globe

Louise Alder, Verena Gunz and Caitlin Hulcup in rehearsal for Orpheus, The Royal Opera and Shakespeare's Globe

Production photo of Don Giovanni, The Royal Opera

Production photo of Don Giovanni, The Royal Opera

Louise Alder as Zerlina and Erwin Schrott as Don Giovanni in Don Giovanni, The Royal Opera

Louise Alder

Louise Alder in Orpheus

Louise Alder, Mark Milhofer and Mary Bevan in rehearsal for Orpheus, The Royal Opera and Shakespeare's Globe

Caitlin Hulcup and Louise Alder in rehearsal for Orpheus, The Royal Opera and Shakespeare's Globe

Leon Kosavic as Masetto and Louise Alder as Zerlina in Don Giovanni, The Royal Opera

Louise Alder and Verena Gunz in rehearsal for Orpheus, The Royal Opera and Shakespeare's Globe

Louise Alder in rehearsal for Orpheus, The Royal Opera and Shakespeare's Globe