Louise Winter

Louise Winter

MEZZO-SOPRANO

Representation: General Management

Photo: Simon Newbury

Overview

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.

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Full Biography

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.

Recent and future engagements include Marcellina Le Nozze di Figaro (The Grange Festival), Governess Pique Dame (Royal Opera House) and Maya in Howard Moody’s Agreed (Glyndebourne).

Promoters please note: if you wish to include this biography in a concert programme etc, please contact Hazard Chase to ensure that you receive the most up to date version. Email: Tom Wood

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News

UK Summer Opera 2019

May 20th, 2019

Hazard Chase artists in this year’s summer opera festivals.

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Winter at the Royal Opera

January 8th, 2019

Louise returns to the Covent Garden Stage

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Reviews

MOZART – LE NOZZE DI FIGARO (The Grange Festival)

“Louise Winter’s Marcellina and Jonathan Best’s Dr Bartolo are a fine duo.”
Rebecca Franks, The Times, 11th June 2019

“Louise Winter’s beautiful Marcellina, for once youthful enough to be the bride of a Figaro, was a brilliant assumption.”
Melanie Eskenazi, MusicOMH, 10th June 2019

Moody AGREED (Glyndebourne)

“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)

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The Skating Rink – Garsington Opera

”The role of Pilar the town’s mayor might have been relatively small, but Louise Winter really made it count.”
Planethugill, July 2018

Hamlet – Glyndebourne on Tour

“Louise Winter delivers one of the truly touching moments in Gertrude’s lament on the death of Ophelia…”
Opera Magazine, December 2017

“Another highlight of Act Two was Louise Winter’s account of Gertrude’s ‘There is a willow aslant a brook’, simple, powerful and very effective…”
Planet Hugill, November 2017

“There is no weak link among the support…Louise Winter’s maternal Gertrude…the event of the UK’s operatic year.”
Sunday Times, November 2017

“Winter proves touching in Dean’s exquisite setting of ‘There is a willow grows aslant a brook’
The Guardian, October 2017

Zaza – Opera Holland Park

“……with immaculate support from … Louise Winter as her drunken, happy-go-lucky mother.”
The Stage, July 2017

“….with Louise Winter doing an Ab Fab style comic turn as Zazà’s embarrassingly dipsomaniac mother.”
The Telegraph, July 2017

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Discography & Repertoire

Ivor Novello – THE DANCING YEARS

John Owen Edwards conducts the National Symphony Orchestra with Valerie Masterson, Louise Winter & David Fieldsend

JAY RECORDS

Bridge – COMPLETE SONGS

The complete songs of Frank Bridge, with Roger Vignoles (piano), and singers Gerald Finley, Janice Watson and Jamie MacDougall

HYPERION

Artist Manager

Sue Nicholls (Cambridge)
sue.nicholls@hazardchase.co.uk
01223 706023

Associate Artist Manager

Tom Wood (London)
tom.wood@hazardchase.co.uk
020 7084 6951