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

In the 2020/21 season Louise makes her debut at the Wiener Staatsoper as Susanna Le nozze di Figaro, singing also Sophie Der Rosenkavalier and the title role in Massenet’s Manon. She also returns to the Bayerische Staatsoper as Susanna and to Madrid’s Teatro Real as Zerlina Don Giovanni.

Recent highlights on the concert platform have included Schumann’s Szenen aus Goethes Faust with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Messiah with the New York Philharmonic/Harry Bicket, the title role in Semele on tour with the the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique/Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Tokyo Philharmonic/Jonathan Nott, Mozart Arias at the Salzburg Mozartwoche with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra/Daniel Harding and the title role in Theodora at the BBC Proms and in the Wiener Konzerthaus with Arcangelo/Jonathan Cohen.

Recital appearances include the BBC Proms, Graz Musikverein and the Oper Frankfurt with Gary Matthewman, Wigmore Hall with both Joseph Middleton and James Baillieu and the Oxford Lieder Festival and Fundación Privada Victoria de los Ángeles in Barcelona with Sholto Kynoch.

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.

 

Nicole Car has already established herself as one of the world-leading sopranos, performing at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera, 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 The Kiss and Heroines.

Australian / British soprano Samantha Clarke is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Guildhall Gold Medal as well as being a prize winner in the Grange International Festival Singing Competition in 2019, 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 was a Ferrier semi finalist in 2019.

She is supported by the Australian Music Foundation.

Born in Staffordshire, Lucy Crowe studied at the Royal Academy of Music, where she is now a Fellow.

With repertoire ranging from Purcell, Handel and Mozart to Donizetti’s Adina and Verdi’s Gilda she has sung with opera companies & orchestras 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, Metropolitan Opera New York, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Haïm, Oramo and Nelsons, The Berlin Philharmonic/Harding and Nelsons, Vienna Philharmonic/Nelsons, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Egarr, Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Nézet-Séguin, the Monteverdi Orchestra/Gardiner, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia/Pappano and the London Symphony Orchestra/Rattle.

Recent opera highlights include her debut at Dutch National Opera in the title role Rodelinda and a return to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for Poppea Agrippina. Future appearances include Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro at the Metropolitan Opera. Highlights in concert this season include Bach’s Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony/Mehta, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Orquesta Nacionales de España/Mena and Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus with B’Rock Orchestra in Bayreuth.

In recital she has appeared at the Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Mostly Mozart and Salzburg Festivals and the BBC Proms. Lucy has a vast discography. Her debut disc for Linn records featuring Berg, Strauss, and Schoenberg is to be released in 2021.

Following her sensational role debut as Elsa von Brabant in a new production of Lohengrin conducted by Andris Nelsons at the Royal Opera House in June, Jennifer has been propelled to international attention, winning praise for her gleaming, silvery tone, and dramatic characterisation of remarkable immediacy.

Jennifer is an alumna of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme, and has appeared at Covent Garden as Adina, L’elisir d’amore; Erste Dame, Die Zauberflöte; Ifigenia, Oreste; Arbate, Mitridate, re di Ponto; and Ines in Il trovatore, among others.

This season Jennifer will make a series of international debuts, including her US debut as Countess Almaviva in a new production of Le nozze di Figaro at the San Francisco Opera, her debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in the title role of a new production of Beethoven’s Leonore; and her debut at Opera Australia Elsa in Lohengrin.

Recent highlights include a new production of Hänsel und Gretel  at the Royal Opera House and debuts with Welsh National Opera and Irish National Opera.

Future engagements include reinvitations to the Royal Opera House and San Francisco Opera as well as a series of exciting house and role debuts across Europe and America, including at the Gran Teatre del Liceu and the Deutsche Oper Berlin. On the concert platform Jennifer will appear with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, and the Accademia Santa Cecilia with Sir Antonio Pappano.

Scottish soprano Eleanor Dennis is a graduate of the Royal College of Music’s International Opera School and a former Harewood Artist at the English National Opera.

This season Eleanor makes her debut for the Grange Festival as Helena in a new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Her recent engagements have included Contessa Le nozze di Figaro for Scottish Opera and the English National Opera; Fiordiligi Così fan tutte for Opera Holland Park; Miss Jessel The Turn of the Screw for Opera North; Helena at the Aldeburgh Festival and for the English National Opera; Micaëla Carmen for the English National Opera; Cominio in Caldara’s Lucio Papirio Dittatore for the Buxton Festival and Ginevra Ariodante for the Salzburger Landestheater.

On the concert platform, her engagements include Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem (CBSO/Andrew Manze); Britten’s A Spring Symphony (Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra/Cornelius Meister & BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Ilan Volkov); Mendelssohn’s Elijah (Three Choirs Festival); Haydn’s Harmoniemesse (Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir András Schiff); Elgar’s Une Voix dans le Désert (CBSO/Andris Nelsons); Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Martyn Brabbins) and Beethoven’s Egmont (BBC Philharmonic/Juanjo Mena), Missa Solemnis (Three Choirs Festival & RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland/Macelaru), Christus am Ölberge (Bamberger Symphoniker/Rolf Beck) and Symphony No. 9 (Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España/David Afkham).