Louise Alder stars in title role of Handel’s ‘Semele’ with the OAE



Louise Alder sings the title role in Handel’s Semele this week, with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment conducted by Christophe Rousset. There are two concerts, the first on 11 October in the hallowed Musikverein in Vienna followed by a London concert in the Royal Festival Hall on 18 October.

Semele is a highlight in an incredibly busy season for Louise that sees her sing Pamina in Die Zauberflöte for Garsington Opera, Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier at the Glyndebourne Festival and Despina in Così fan tutte for the Oper Frankfurt.  She also appears on the concert platform with the Academy of Ancient Music and the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra under Richard Egarr, with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard, the Royal Northern Sinfonia singing Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2 conducted by Paul McCreesh and Bach’s St. John Passion conducted by Harry Bicket, and with the Hallé Orchestra under Sir Mark Elder.

Louise is joined in Semele by mezzo-soprano Catherine Wyn-Rogers who sings Juno and Askonas Holt’s most recent signing, bass-baritone Ashley Riches, who sing the roles of Cadmus and Somnus. All three artists are singing their roles for the first time. Toi Toi Toi!

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