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

In the 2019/20 season Louise returns to the Royal Opera as Zerlina Don Giovanni; to the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich as Marzelline Fidelio and to the Glyndebourne Festival as Ann Trulove The Rake’s Progress. She also makes debuts with the San Francisco Opera in the title role of Partenope and with the English National Opera as Susanna in a new production of Le nozze di Figaro.

In concert, she sings Schumann’s Szenen aus Goethes Faust with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Messiah with the New York Philharmonic/Harry Bicket, 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 Konzerthaus in Vienna with Arcangelo/Jonathan Cohen.

In recital, she appears at the BBC Proms with Gary Matthewman, Wigmore Hall with both Joseph Middleton and James Baillieu and at 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.

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, the Young Singer award at the 2013 inaugural International Opera Awards and was made an MBE for services to music in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2019.

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 Guildhall Gold Medal, 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 April.

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 with Haïm, Oramo and Nelsons, The Berlin Philharmonic and Vienna Philharmonic under Nelsons, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Egarr, Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Nézet-Séguin, the Monteverdi Orchestra under Gardiner, and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia with Pappano.

This season Lucy makes her debut at Dutch National Opera in the title role Rodelinda & returns to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for Poppea Agrippina. In concert she joins the Berlin Philharmonic and Haïm for Apollo e Dafne, the Monteverdi Orchestra & Sir John Eliot Gardiner for a worldwide tour in celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday year, the Orchestre de Paris and Daniel Harding for Elijah and the English Concert and Harry Bicket in a worldwide tour of Rodelinda.