The Glyndebourne Festival has announced Louise Alder as recipient of this year’s John Christie Award.
The Award is the Festival’s most prestigious and is given by the Worshipful Company of Musicians to a young singer who has shown exceptional promise through their work at Glyndebourne. Earlier this summer, Louise made a highly acclaimed debut at the BBC Proms singing the role of Sophie in Glyndebourne’s production of Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier conducted by Robin Ticciati. ‘A sparkling Sophie who won all hearts’ reported Barry Millington in The Evening Standard, ‘[Alder’s] bright and well-supported soprano was a constant reward’ wrote Martin Kettle in The Guardian. Simon Thomas, reviewing the performance for What’s on Stage, wrote that the occasion was ‘a revelatory Proms debut from a true home-grown talent of whom we’ll hear a good deal more in future’ while Kimon Daltas, writing for The Arts Desk, judged that ‘Alder confirmed that she’s ready for top billing’.
Louise will make her official Festival debut next summer when she sings Lucia in Fiona Shaw’s acclaimed production of The Rape of Lucretia alongside Askonas Holt colleagues and fellow John Christie Award Winners Kate Royal (Female Chorus), Duncan Rock (Tarquinius) and Matthew Rose (Collatinus). The production will also feature Christine Rice in the title role and Catherine Wyn Rogers (Bianca).
Bravo Louise !