Audience members and viewers nominated Reid School of Music graduate Louise Alder (2010, BMus [Hons]) as the winner of this year’s £2,500 Dame Joan Sutherland Audience Prize at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition.

Louise Alder graduated from the Reid School of Music in 2010 with a first class honours in Music. Following her graduation from ECA, she went south to study at the Royal College of Music (RCM) in her hometown of London.

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World is a competition known throughout the classical music world as the leading showcase for young opera and concert singers at the start of their professional careers.

Louise was one of two singers representing England in this year’s competition however Louise explains that, although she is delighted to be representing England at the competition, she sees it more as a “celebration of music from around the world” and that “…no other singing competition, other than perhaps Eurovision, brings so many nationalities together."

The finalists, BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Song Prize 2017 (Copyright Brian Tarr)
Image courtesy of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World (Copyright Brian Tarr)
The finalists, BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Song Prize 2017

[BBC Cardiff Singer of the World]...is a celebration of music from around the world…no other singing competition, than perhaps Eurovision, brings so many nationalities together.

Louise Alder, 2010 BMus (Hons) graduate

Louise reached the Song Prize and Main Prize finals of the competition but was ultimately awarded The Audience Prize, voted for by the audience and viewers and presented during the grand final at St David’s Hall, Cardiff.

Despite Louise’s worldwide acclaim as a lyric soprano, she almost did not enter this year’s competition; it took good friend and former winner Jamie Barton to tell her she “would be an idiot not to give it a go”.

Louise concluded her entry in this year’s competition singing from Lehar’s 1934 Opera Giuditta. Gerald Finley - award-winning Canadian baritone - said of her performance, “...she is born for that stage”.

You can watch Louise's audience winning final performance via the BBC iPlayer.


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