LOUISE ALDER IS THE WINNER OF BBC CARDIFF SINGER OF THE WORLD 2017 ROUND 3 CONCERT
Tonight (Wednesday, June 14), Louise Alder, a 30 year old soprano from London was chosen to perform in the final of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017 this Sunday. She was also one of the singers selected for the Song Prize Final. She joins Ariunbaatar Ganbaatar (Mongolia), Iurii Samoilov (Ukraine), Catriona Morison (Scotland) and John Chest (USA) to perform on Friday.
Louise Alder is one of the 20 finalists who have travelled to Cardiff from across the globe, performing their own programmes of operatic and concert works throughout this week. The singers, who were whittled down from nearly 400 competitors go head to head against each other in four rounds for a place in the Grand Final where they will perform in front of the distinguished jury and enthusiastic audience at St David’s Hall, Cardiff on Sunday, June 18.
After performing pieces by Handel, Massenet and Stravinsky, Louise says: “I’m delighted, and I can’t believe it because the other contestants were absolutely amazing. And they’re friends of mine, and really inspirational. So lucky me!” Judging the main prize is a panel comprising chairman and director of Welsh National Opera David Pountney, mezzo-soprano Grace Bumbry, soprano Sumi Jo, baritone Wolfgang Holzmair and conductor Anu Tali.
The four concerts are broadcast on BBC Four presented by Petroc Trelawny and Angel Blue (Tuesday 13 - Friday 16 June, 7.30pm). Evening highlights are presented by Tim Rhys-Evans with Josie D’Arby and Elin Manahan Thomas on BBC Two Wales at 10pm. And there is also further coverage daily BBC Radio Wales with Welsh tenor Wynne Evans, Rebecca Evans and Beverley Humphreys and on BBC Radio Cymru’s Bore Cothi, presented by Shân Cothi.