Louise Alder studied at the Royal College of Music International Opera School where she was the inaugural Kiri Te Kanawa Scholar.
She won the Young Singer Award at the 2017 International Opera Awards and represents England in the 2017 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. She also won the 2015 inaugural Young British Soloists’ Competition, is the recipient of Glyndebourne’s 2014 John Christie Award and took 2nd Prize in the 2013 Kathleen Ferrier Competition.
She is a member of the Frankfurt Opera Ensemble where her roles in the 2016/17 season include Atalanta in a new production of Xerxes and her first Gilda Rigoletto. She also sings Zerlina Don Giovanni for Glyndebourne on Tour, Marzelline Fidelio at the BBC Proms and she makes her debut with the Welsh National Opera as Sophie a new production of Der Rosenkavalier. Future seasons include further roles in Frankfurt and returns to the Glyndebourne Festival, Garsington Opera as well as debuts for the Teatro Réal in Madrid and the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich.
Highlights in concert include appearances with the LSO and Sir Mark Elder, the Academy of Ancient Music with Richard Egarr, the Hallé Orchestra with Cristian Macelaru and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms with Ilan Volkov.
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, 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 in the 2016/17 season and beyond include Leonora Il trovatore for the Teatro Regio Parma and Budapest Summer Festival, Marie Mazeppa for Opera de Oviedo, Mimi La boheme at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Violetta La Traviata at the Hamburgische Staatsoper and Desdemona Otello in Frankfurt.
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. From the brilliant Rossini of her early years, she moved to Rossini serio and operas including: Mose in Egitto, Semiramide, Elisabetta, regina d’Inghilterra and Ermione. She has scored notable personal success as Cassandre Les Troyens with Sir John Eliot Gardiner at the Théâtre du Châtelet Paris, L’Incoronazione di Poppea at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, as well as the title role in Medea in Toulouse, at the Teatro Regio Turin and the Châtelet Paris.
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. 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,