Principal Study Vocal Tutor and English Repertoire
Principal Study Tutor and Chamber Music Coach
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. Roles for Glyndebourne Festival Opera have included Sesto La clemenza di Tito, Edwige Rodelinda, Varvara Katya Kabanova, Pauline Queen of Spades and Olga Eugene Onegin, which she has also sung for the Royal Opera House and Canadian Opera Company. Louise also enjoys a strong relationship with English National Opera, where her many roles have included title role Carmen and Marguerite La Damnation de Faust.
She is now concentrating on more dramatic repertoire and she has sung Brangäne Tristan und Isolde, Venus Tannhäuser and Lady Macbeth in Ernst Bloch’s Macbeth (Frankfurt) and Preziosilla La Forza del Destino (Rouen).
Louise Winter enjoys concert work with many of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, and has sung with 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 she has taken part in many of the BBC Proms over the last decade. Recent engagements include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony under Carlo Rizzi, Mozart’s Requiem at Cadogan Hall, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde in York Minster and Verdi’s Requiem in the York Barbican. Recital engagements have included appearances 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.
Most recent engagements include Purcell’s Dido in London’s Temple Festival, Wife Greek for Music Theatre Wales, her role debut as Kabanicha Katya Kabanova for the Longborough Festival, Madame de la Haltière Cendrillon at Blackheath Concert Halls, and a new opera by Huw Watkins In the Locked Room a co-production between Music Theatre Wales and Scottish Opera.