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Louise Alder



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.