Louise Alder studied at the Royal College of Music International Opera School where she was the inaugural Kiri Te Kanawa Scholar.
She is a member of Oper Frankfurt’s Ensemble where her roles in the 2018/19 season include Romilda Serse, Pamina Die Zauberflöte, Gretel Hänsel und Gretel and Monica in a new production of Menotti’s The Medium. She also makes débuts at the Teatro Réal, Madrid in the title role of La Calisto and at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich as Gretel.
On the concert platform she sings the title role in Theodora at the BBC Proms with Arcangelo and Jonathan Cohen; the title role in Semele on tour with the Monteverdi Choir and Sir John Eliot Gardiner; Messiah with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin in performances staged by Frederick Wake-Walker; Carmina Burana with the LPO and Jérémie Rhorer; Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem with the RLPO and Vasily Petrenko; Jessie in Turnage’s The Silver Tassie with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Ryan Wigglesworth; Mozart Arias in Salzburg with the COE and Robin Ticciati and The Plaintiff in Trial by Jury with the OAE and John Wilson.
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).
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.