Louise Alder studied at the Royal College of Music International Opera School where she was the inaugural Kiri Te Kanawa Scholar.

She is a member of Oper Frankfurt’s Ensemble where her roles in the 2018/19 season include Romilda Serse, Pamina Die Zauberflöte, Gretel Hänsel und Gretel and Monica in a new production of Menotti’s The Medium. She also makes débuts at the Teatro Réal, Madrid in the title role of La Calisto and at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich as Gretel.

On the concert platform she sings the title role in Theodora at the BBC Proms with Arcangelo and Jonathan Cohen; the title role in Semele on tour with the Monteverdi Choir and Sir John Eliot Gardiner; Messiah with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin in performances staged by Frederick Wake-Walker; Carmina Burana with the LPO and Jérémie Rhorer; Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem with the RLPO and Vasily Petrenko; Jessie in Turnage’s The Silver Tassie with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Ryan Wigglesworth; Mozart Arias in Salzburg with the COE and Robin Ticciati and The Plaintiff in Trial by Jury with the OAE and John Wilson.

Her recital appearances include London’s Wigmore Hall with William Vann, the Bath Mozartfest with Joseph Middleton, the Stefaniensaal in Graz with Gary Matthewman and the Alte Oper in Frankfurt with Leif Ove Andsnes.

Azerbaijani soprano Dinara Alieva graduated at the Baku music academy and joined the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow as soloist in 2010. She has won prizes at the Operalia Competition, Francesco Viñas Competition and Maria Callas Competition, and has since performed with the Wiener Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Oper Frankfurt, Hamburgisch Staatsoper, Semperoper Dresden, Staatstheater Stuttgart and Bayerische Staatsoper. Ms Alieva’s growing discography includes Pace mio Dio, a CD of Italian opera arias for Delos Records, and a recording of great Italian love duets with Alexandr Antonenko.

Engagements for the 2018/19 season and beyond include Elisabeth Don Carlos at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Nedda Pagliacci at the Liceu Barcelona and Liu Turandot for the Wiener Staatsoper, as well as her debut appearances with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (Violetta) and Paris Opera (Cio Cio-san Madama Butterfly).

Soprano

Anna Caterina Antonacci

Established as one of the finest sopranos of her generation, Anna Caterina won prestigious prizes at the Voci Verdiane, Callas and Pavarotti competitions.

She has been honoured with the ‘Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’honneur’ by the French Republic, which is the highest national distinction one can receive. Her first recording Era la Notte for the Naive label received great acclaim and she has also recorded L’Alba separa dalla luce l’ombra for Wigmore Live, with her pianist Donald Sulzen, featuring songs by Tosti, Cilea, and Hahn.

Soprano

Cheryl Barker

Cheryl Barker pursues an active opera and concert career.  In Australia, she appears regularly with Opera Australia, where her roles have included Nedda (Leoncavallo I pagliacci), the Countess (Mozart Le nozze di Figaro), Mimì (Puccini La bohème), Violetta (Verdi La traviata), Donna Elvira (Mozart Don Giovanni), Tatyana (Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin), all three sopranos in Puccini Il trittico, Desdemona (Verdi Otello) and the title roles in Puccini Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Janáček Jenufa, Dvořák Rusalka and Strauss Arabella.  She has also sung Mimì, Antonia (Offenbach Les Contes d’Hoffmann) and Tatyana (Eugene Onegin) for the Victoria State Opera, Violetta for Opera Queensland, and Madama Butterfly and Violetta for New Zealand Opera.

Internationally, Cheryl is particularly noted for her performances of Madama Butterfly, singing this role for English National Opera, De Vlaamse Opera, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper, Berlin, Dutch National Opera, Houston Grand Opera and the Opéra National de Paris.

Cheryl appears regularly on the recital and concert platform and her many recordings include Madama Butterfly, Katja Kabanova, Rusalka and The Makropoulos Case for Chandos.

Cheryl was awarded the Order of Australia in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Sophie was the recipient of the 2010 Critics’ Circle award for Exceptional Young Talent, The Times Breakthrough Award at the 2012 South Bank Sky Arts Awards and the Young Singer award at the 2013 inaugural International Opera Awards.

Conductors she works with include Sir Antonio Pappano, Daniel Harding, Andris Nelsons, Edward Gardner, Laurence Cummings, Sir Mark Elder, Ivor Bolton and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla.

Her operatic roles include Ilia Idomeneo, title role The Cunning Little Vixen, Sophie Der Rosenkavalier, Susanna Le nozze di Figaro, Governess The Turn of the Screw and Pamina. She made her debut at Glyndebourne Festival Opera as Michal Saul, at Teatro Real, Madrid as Pamina and at the Salzburg Festival and Metropolitan Opera as Beatriz in Thomas Adès’ The Exterminating Angel.

Nicole Car is one of the most outstanding young singers to emerge from Australia in recent years, performing at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Dallas Opera, Deutsche oper Berlin, Opera Australia and Opera de Paris.

Concert repertoire includes Brahms’ Deutsches Requiem, Das Klagende Lied, Mozart’s Requiem and St John Passion.

Nicole was 2013 winner of Neue Stimmen and was nominated for Best Young Singer at the 2015 International Opera Awards. She won Best Female Performer in an Opera category at the 2018 Helpmann Awards.

Her discography includes her first solo orchestral disc The Kiss.

Australian / British soprano Samantha Clarke is a member of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama Opera School as a Baroness de Turckheim Scholar, Help Musicians, Tait Memorial and Countess of Munster Trust Scholar where she recently appeared as Helena A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Fiordiligi Cosi fan tutte.  She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Leverhulme Royal Northern College of Music Award, the Dame Eva Turner Award and the Michael and Joyce Kennedy Award for the singing of Strauss. Samantha was awarded a 2017 RNCM Gold Medal and will take part in the Ferrier semi final in April and in the Guildhall School of Music & Drama Gold medal in May.

Born in Staffordshire, Lucy Crowe studied at the Royal Academy of Music, to which she has recently been appointed a Fellow.

With repertoire ranging from Purcell, Handel and Mozart to Donizetti’s Adina and Verdi’s Gilda she has sung with opera companies throughout the world, including the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, the Glyndebourne Festival, English National Opera, the Teatro Real Madrid, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Bavarian State Opera and the Metropolitan Opera.

Future engagements include Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Handel’s Messiah with the Handel&Haydn Society, Mahler Symphony No.2 with the Berliner Philharmoniker with Andris Nelsons, Pamina The Magic Flute for English National Opera, title role Rodelinda for Frankfurt Opera and Vixen The Cunning Little Vixen with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle and returns to the Royal Opera and the Metropolitan Opera.