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 Gerturde in Brett Dean’s Hamlet (Glyndebourne on Tour), Marcellina (Royal Opera House), Madame Larina Eugene Onegin (Garsington Opera), Anaide in Leconcavallo’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), and 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.
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, Varvara Katya Kabanova, Pauline Queen of Spades (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 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.
Plans include Pilar in David Sawer’s The Skating Rink (Garsington) and Governess Queen of Spades (Royal Opera House).
“Louise Winter delivers one of the truly touching moments in Gertrude’s lament on the death of Ophelia…” Hamlet/Glyndebourne on Tour, 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…” Hamlet/Glyndebourne on Tour, 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.” Hamlet/Glyndebourne on Tour, Sunday Times, November 2017
“Winter proves touching in Dean’s exquisite setting of ‘There is a willow grows aslant a brook’. Hamlet/Glyndebourne on Tour, The Guardian, October 2017
“……with immaculate support from … Louise Winter as her drunken, happy-go-lucky mother.” Zazà/Opera Holland Park, The Stage, July 2017
“….with Louise Winter doing an Ab Fab style comic turn as Zazà’s embarrassingly dipsomaniac mother.” Zazà/Opera Holland Park, The Telegraph, July 2017
“…Louise Winter a warmly, maternal Larina.” Eugene Onegin/Garsington, Sunday Times, June 2016
“The cast have “lived in” their roles. Marcus Farnsworth homes in on the essential innocence of Eddy, a rightwing Cockney thug. Louise Winter sings strongly as his wife (the Jocasta figure)…” Greek/Linbury Studio Theatre, Financial Times, October 2013
“Louise Winter came into her own in a dramatic recitative and captured the menace in the words Do to him as he has done.” bachtrack, March 2013
“Louise Winter was a chilling Kabanicha.” Katya Kabanova/Longborough Festival, Opera Magazine, September 2012
“..Louise Winter’s gloriously vulgar stepmother..” Cendrillon/Blackheath Concert Halls, Independent on Sunday, July 2012
“The singing and acting from the four accomplished singers was first-rate, with especially touching moments from Louise Winter as Eddy’s wife/birth-mother and an a vicious, spitting duet for the two sopranos as the (somewhat anachronistic) sphinx.” Greek/Buxton Opera House, backtrack, July 2011
“Louise Winter’s lovely Dido, poised and poignant, reminded me at times of Flagstad’s.” Opera Magazine
|Berlioz||La Damnation de Faust||Marguerite|
|Mozart||Le Nozze di Figaro||Marcellina|
|Offenbach||Le Comte Ory||Ragonde|
|Rossini||Cendrillon||Madame de la Haltière|
|Strauss, Richard||Der Rosenkavalier||Annina|
|Tchaikovsky||Eugene Onegin||Madame Larina|
|Susan||In the Locked Room||Watkins|
|TITLE||COMPOSER||RECORD COMPANY||DISC NUMBER|
|Hamlet op. 32||
|Lucia di Lammermoor||