British soprano Louise Alder has become the third singer chosen to perform in the final of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017.
The 30-year-old has also been selected for the Song Prize final, which will take place on 16 June.
In the third round of the competition, which took place on 14 June, she performed ‘Da tempeste il legno infranto’ from Handel’s Giulio Cesare, ‘Je suis encore tout étourdie’ from Massenet’s Manon, and ‘No word from Tom’ from Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress.
Born in London, Alder studied at the University of Edinburgh and Royal College of Music. She has been a member of the Opera Frankfurt ensemble since 2014, where roles have included Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) and the title role of The Cunning Little Vixen.
Elsewhere, Alder has sung Eurydice in Luigi Rossi’s Orpheus (Royal Opera); Ilia, (Idomeneo) at Garsington; Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) for WNO & Glyndebourne/BBC Proms; and Lucia (The Rape of Lucretia) and Zerlina (Don Giovanni) at Glyndebourne.
A keen recitalist, Alder collaborates regularly with pianists Helmut Deutsch, Joseph Middleton, James Baillieu and Gary Matthewman. She won Glyndebourne’s 2014 John Christie Award and the 2015 inaugural British Soloists’ Competition.
Turkish mezzo-soprano Ezgi Karakaya, Ukranian baritone Iurii Samoilov, South African tenor Lukhanyo Moyake, and American baritone John Chest also performed in the second round of the competition, which will be broadcast on BBC Four on 15 June.