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.
In recent years roles have included Marcellina (Royal Opera House/Grange Festival), Governess Queen of Spades (Royal Opera House), Maya in Howard Moody’s Agreed (Glyndebourne), Gertrude in Brett Dean’s Hamlet (Glyndebourne on Tour), 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). In 2021 she made her role debut as Mistress Quickly (Scottish Opera), and in 2023 she returned to the company to sing La Frugola Il Tabarro and Zita Gianni Schicchi in Sir David McVicar’s new production of Il Trittico.
She created the roles of Pilar in David Sawyer’s The Skating Rink (Garsington Opera), 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.
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 Háta The Bartered Bride (Garsington), and Mistress Quickly (Opera North).
“There’s strong singing and dead-on comic timing from all their various cronies and hangers-on; Louise Winter’s warm, wise Quickly and Paul Nilon’s incisive tone as the hypocritical Dr Caius are especially memorable.” Guardian, September 2023
“It was a joy to hear Louise Winter as Mistress Quickly, a role which allowed her to display not only her warm mezzo but her gift for humour.” Music OMH, September 2023
Il Trittico/Scottish Opera
“Among the smaller roles, Louise Winter’s happy-go-lucky La Frugola is particulary memorable…..while such expert character singers such as…Louise Winter (Zita)…add to the brilliance of the entertainment.” The Stage, March 2023
“…the presence of Louise Winter as La Frugola….gives some idea of the general strength in depth.” Spectator, March 2023
“…a brilliant ensemble cast, with impressive performances from…and Louise Winter (Zita). The Scotsman, March 2023
“Louise Winter as La Frugola voiced with her creamy mezzo all the qualms of a woman fearing for her husband.” seenandheard-international.com, March 2023
“Louise Winter relished the character part of Mistress Quickly as she out-foxed the knight.” bachtrack, August 2021
“But this is a triumph of teamwork, not least from a dynamic female cast whose connivances are the engine room of Falstaff’s debunking…
There’s a chirpy matronliness in Louise Winter’s Mistress Quickly, deceptively devious…” The Scotsman, July 2021
“..Louise Winter’s comic tour-de-force as Quickly…” Spectator, July 2021
“Falstaff is above all an ensemble comedy and Scottish Opera has assembled a cast to do it justice; Elizabeth Llewellyn (Alice Ford), Sioned Gwen Davies (Meg Page) and Louise Winter (Mistress Quickly) the trio of sharp-witted women who outwit the rather slower men….” Guardian, July 2021
“The cast of his Falstaff is universally marvellous, from Alastair Miles and Jamie MacDougall as the disreputable Pistol and the very Scottish Bardolph, to Louise Winter’s busy go-between Mistress Quickly.” Telegraph, July 2021
|Britten||Peter Grimes||Mrs Sedley|
|Britten||The Turn of the Screw||Mrs Grose|
|Debussy||Pelléas et Mélisande||Geneviève|
|Humperdinck||Hänsel und Gretel||Witch|
|Massenet||Cendrillon||Madame de la Haltière|
|Mozart||Le Nozze di Figaro||Marcellina|
|Poulenc||Dialogues des Carmélites||Mère Marie|
|Puccini||Il Tabarro||La Frugola|
|Rossini||Le Comte Ory||Ragonde|
|Sawyer, David||The Skating Rink||Pilar|
|Smetana||The Bartered Bride||Háta|
|Strauss, Richard||Der Rosenkavalier||Annina|
|Stravinsky||The Rake's Progress||Baba the Turk|
|Tchaikovsky||Eugene Onegin||Madame Larina|
|Wagner||Tristan und Isolde||Brangäne|