For their opening concert, at the Wigmore Hall, they were joined by one of
Classical Opera’s Associate Artists, soprano Louise Alder. Six months ago,
one might have described Alder as a ‘rising star’ but recent accolades –
including ‘Young Singer of the Year’ at the 2017 International Opera and
the Dame Joan Sutherland Audience Prize at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the
World – have seen her ascend securely to the firmament.
I last saw and heard Alder performing the music of Richard Strauss, as
Sophie in WNO’s Der Rosenkavalier and on her debut recording, Through Life and Love; here, she tackled two show-case arias: a Gluck rarity and the opening
aria from Mozart’s opera seria, Idomeneo. Alder has a lovely stage
presence. Relaxed and generous, she seemed delighted to be at the Wigmore
Hall, to be sharing music with the instrumentalists of Classical Opera and
to be communicating with the eager, sell-out audience.