Louise Winter has enjoyed an international three-decade career as one of the leading mezzo-sopranos of her generation. Following on from her debut with Glyndebourne Touring Opera in 1982, she has performed at the Royal Opera House, Grange Festival and Opera Holland Park, and with Garsington, Scottish and English National Opera. On the concert platform she has appeared with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle, the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sir Andrew Davies, the Hallé with Sir Mark Elder, and the Philharmonia with Sir Charles Mackerras. As a recitalist Louise has performed at Wigmore Hall and Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and at the Bath, Belfast and City of London Festivals.
Louise Winter was born in Preston, Lancashire, and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music. She made her début in 1982 with Glyndebourne Touring Opera as Dorabella Così fan tutte and subsequently sang Tisbe La Cenerentola, Zerlina Don Giovanni, and Rosina Il barbiere di Siviglia for the company.
Her most recent roles include Gertrude in Brett Dean’s Hamlet (Glyndebourne on Tour), Marcellina (Royal Opera House), Madame Larina Eugene Onegin (Garsington Opera), Anaide in Leoncavallo’s Zazà (Opera Holland Park), Wife in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Greek with Music Theatre Wales at the Linbury Studio Theatre and on tour in the UK and Korea, Kabanicha Katya Kabanova (Longborough Festival), Madame de la Haltière Cendrillon and Ragonde Le Comte Ory (Blackheath Concert Halls). She created the role of Susan in Huw Watkins In the Locked Room (a co-production between Music Theatre Wales and Scottish Opera), gave the world premiere of Charlotte Bray’s Out of the Ruins for mezzo-soprano, youth chorus and orchestra at a Gala Concert for the Royal Opera House in February 2015, and recently created the role of Pilar in David Sawyer’s The Skating Rink for Garsington Festival.
Previously she has sung title role Carmen and Marguerite La Damnation de Faust (English National Opera), Olga Eugene Onegin (Royal Opera House/Canadian Opera Company/Glyndebourne Festival Opera), Sesto La clemenza di Tito, Edwige Rodelinda, Pauline Pique Dame (Glyndebourne Festival Opera), Brangäne Tristan und Isolde, Venus Tannhäuser and Lady Macbeth in Ernst Bloch’s Macbeth (Frankfurt), Preziosilla La Forza del Destino (Rouen).
Louise Winter has sung with many of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle, the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sir Andrew Davis, the Hallé Orchestra under Sir Mark Elder, the Philharmonia Orchestra under Sir Charles Mackerras, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Carlo Rizzi. She has taken part in many of the BBC Proms over the last decade. As a recitalist she has appeared at the Wigmore Hall, St John’s, Smith Square, the Théâtre du Châtelet, the Bath, Belfast and City of London Festivals and at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.
Her recordings include the complete songs of Frank Bridge for Hyperion, and Haydn Masses under Richard Hickox for Chaconne. Performances on DVD include the Goddess Diana La Calisto conducted by René Jacobs.
Highlights in the 18/19 season have included Governess Pique Dame (Royal Opera House) and Maya in Howard Moody’s Agreed (Glyndebourne). Louise will sing Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro at The Grange Festival this summer.
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“Louise Winter was dignified as the wise elder Maya.” Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph (3 March 2019)
“It must be inspiring for aspirant professionals just to be on stage with superb performers such as Louise Winter, who sings the role of Elin’s grandmother … she gave a characteristically nuanced, beautifully sung performance as Maya.” Melanie Eskenazi, MusicOMH (2 March 2019)