English mezzo-soprano Louise Winter made her Royal Opera debut in 1988 as a Flowermaiden (Parsifal), returning in 1993 as Olga (Eugene Onegin). In 2015 she created the role of Old Woman (Bray’s Out of the Ruins) in the Royal Opera House’s ‘Life Reimagined’ gala. Other performances at the Royal Opera House include Wife (Greek) with Music Theatre Wales and Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro) for The Royal Opera. In the 2018/19 Season she sings Governess (The Queen of Spades) for The Royal Opera.
Winter was born in Lancashire and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music. She made her professional debut in 1982 with Glyndebourne Touring Opera as Dorabella (Così fan tutte). Engagements since include Gertrude (Brett Dean’s Hamlet) for Glyndebourne on Tour, Eduige (Rodelinda), Sesto (La clemenza di Tito), Olga, Paulina (The Queen of Spades) and Varvara (Kát’a Kabanová) for Glyndebourne Festival and many roles for English National Opera, including Marguerite (La Damnation de Faust) and Carmen. Other appearances include Brangäne (Tristan und Isolde), Venus (Tannhäuser) and Lady Macbeth (Bloch’s Macbeth) in Frankfurt, Preziosilla (La forza del destino) in Rouen, Kabanicha (Kát’a Kabanová) for Longborough Festival, Madame Larina (Eugene Onegin) and Pilar (the world premiere of David Sawer’s The Skating Rink) for Garsington Festival and Anaide (Zazà) for Opera Holland Park.
Winter has appeared in concert with orchestras including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Hallé and Philharmonia, and performed regularly at the BBC Proms. She has given recitals at venues including Wigmore Hall, Théâtre du Châtelet and Amsterdam Concertgebouw.