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Louise Ratcliffe

Voice Type:

Mezzo-Soprano

Nationality:

British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English, French

Opera

Anna Kennedy
Maria Stuarda (Donizetti)
Opera Up Close
2018
Lord Asquith
Rhondda Rips it Up! (Elena Langer)
Welsh National Opera
2018
Annina
Der rosenkavaliier (Strauss, R)
Welsh National Opera
2017
Orlofsky
Die Fledermaus (Strauss, J)
Welsh National Opera
2017
2nd noble orphan
Der rosenkavaliier (Strauss, R)
Welsh National Opera
2017
Sally
A Hand of Bridge (Samuel Barber)
London Chamber Voices
2016
Mrs Noye
Noye's Fludde (Benjamin Britten)
Bath Abbey
2016
Second Lady
The Magic Flute (Mozart)
Welsh National Opera
2015
The Mother
Amahl and the Night Visitors (Menotti)
Gower Chorale, Oystermouth
2015
Mummy
The Ghost Sonata (John Paul Jones)
Welsh National Opera
2015
Annina
La traviata (Verdi)
Welsh National Opera
2014
Third Naked Virgin
Moses und Aron (Schoenberg)
Welsh National Opera
2014
Jay
The Cunning Little Vixen (Janáček)
Welsh National Opera
2013
Third Page/Bridesmaid
Lohengrin (Wagner)
Welsh National Opera
2013
Kunstergewerblerin
Lulu (Berg)
Welsh National Opera/Royal Opera House
2013
2nd Bridesmaid
The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart)
Welsh National Opera
2012
Cherubino
The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart)
WNO Education department
2012
Glasha
Katya Kabanova (Janacek)
Welsh National Opera
2011
Rosina
The Barber of Seville (Rossini)
WNO Education department
2011
Rosette
Manon (Massenet)
Scottish Opera
2009
Forester's Wife/Owl
The Cunning Little Vixen (Janáček)
Woodhouse Festival Opera
2007
Maddalena
Rigoletto (Verdi)
Birmingham Chamber Orchestra
2007
Filipyevna
Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky)
British Youth Opera
2006
Meg Page
Merry Wives of Windsor (Nicolai)
Opera South
2006
Carmen
Carmen (Bizet)
Birmingham Chamber Orchestra
2006
Hansel
Hansel and Gretel (Humperdinck)
Opera! Utrecht Festival, Holland
2006
Dido
Dido and Aeneas (Purcell)
Isleworth Baroque
2006
Olga
Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky)
Birmingham Chamber Orchestra
2005
Bianca
The Rape of Lucretia (Britten)
Dartington Festival Opera
2003
Mrs Honour
Tom Jones (Philidore)
Dartington Festival Opera
2002
Poppea
L'incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi)
Trinity College of Music
2002

Musical Theatre

Solo voices
Sweeney Todd (Sondheim)
Welsh National Opera
2015
Frau Kost
Cabaret (Kander and Ebb)
Greenwich Theatre
2002

Oratorio/Concerts

Alto soloist
Requiem (Mozart)
Bristol Ensemble, Colston Hall
2016
Alto soloist
Stabat Mater (Rossini)
Birmingham
2006
Alto soloist
Messiah (Handel)
Cambridge
2006
Alto soloist
Elijah (Mendelsohn)
Birmingham
2006
Alto soloist
Gloria (Vivaldi)
Devon
2005
Alto soloist
Requiem (Mozart)
Ely
2004
Alto soloist
Lutheran Mass in F (Bach, JS)
Dartington Festival
2003
Alto soloist
Requiem (Olivier Greif)
France
2002

Covered Covered & Performed Scenes Premiere of New Work Concert

Frau Kost (Cabaret) Greenwich Theatre

Frau Kost (Cabaret) Greenwich Theatre

Glasha (Katya Kabanova, 2011) WNO

Glasha (Katya Kabanova, 2011) WNO

Jimmy Image

Jimmy Image

Kunstergewerblerin (Lulu, 2013) WNO

Kunstergewerblerin (Lulu, 2013) WNO

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Photo: Jimmy Image

Photo: Jimmy Image

Paul Simm Opera Prize (TCM) (2003)

“A truly telling performance” Cunning Little Vixen - Opera Magazine (2007)

“A personable and highly natural performance..with beautiful tone and excellent diction” Hansel and Gretel - Dutch National Publication (2006)

“Rich, velvety tones with eyes as expressive as her diction” Eugene Onegin - Birmingham Post (2005)

“A bracing, lark-like quality..impeccably tuned..a beguiling performance that lit up the stage..” The Rape of Lucretia – The Independent (2003)

Postgraduate Performance Diploma
Trinity College of Music
2000–2003
B.A Hons Degree English Literature 2:1
Manchester university
1994–1997

Having attained an English Literature Degree from Manchester University, Louise traveled and worked around the world before completing her Postgraduate Vocal Studies in the UK.
Opera roles include Rosette (Manon) Scottish Opera, The Forester’s Wife (The Cunning Little Vixen) Woodhouse Festival Opera, Maddalena (Rigoletto) Birmingham Chamber Orchestra, Filipyevna (Eugene Onegin) British Youth Opera, Dido (Dido and Aeneas) Isleworth baroque, Carmen (Carmen) Birmingham Chamber Orchestra, Meg Page (The Merry Wives of Windsor) Opera South, Frau Kost (Cabaret) Greenwich Theatre, Mrs Honour (Tom Jones) Dartington Festival Opera, and Hansel (Hansel and Gretel) Opera! Utrecht Opera Festival, Holland. Bianca (The Rape of Lucretia) Dartington Festival Opera and Olga (Eugene Onegin) Birmingham Chamber Opera were both received with critical acclaim and she was awarded the Paul Simm prize for Opera for her portrayal of Poppea (L’incoronazione di Poppea).She has also sung with Garsington Opera, Nationale Reisopera, Holland and Raymond Gubbay.
Louise is also in demand as an oratorio and concert soloist, the most recent being a recital of English song at Highgrove for HRH Prince of Wales.
Louise joined the Welsh National Opera as a full time chorister in 2011 where roles and covers have included Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Annina (Der Rosenkavalier), Lord Asquith (Rhondda Rips it Up!), Glasha (Katya Kabanova), Bridesmaid (Lohengrin), the Kunstgewerblerin in David Poutney’s production of Berg’s Lulu, 3rd Naked Virgin (Moses und Aaron) in the recent WNO/ROH collaboration, Annina (La Traviata), 2nd Lady (Magic Flute), Jay (Cunning Little Vixen) and 2nd Bridesmaid (The Marriage of Figaro). Recent external engagements include the role of Anna Kennedy (Maria Stuarda) Opera up Close, The Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors) Gower Chorale, Sally (A Hand of Bridge) London Chamber Voices, Mrs Noye (Noye’s Fludde) Bath Abbey, Alto soloist (Mozart Requiem) Bristol Ensemble, Colston Hall and recording the role of The Mummy in John Paul Jones’ new opera The Ghost Sonata.
She has also been a workshop leader and facilitator for several WNO education projects.

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