Soprano Louise Alder wins the 2014 John Christie Award

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Soprano Louise Alder is the 2014 recipient of the prestigious John Christie Award, it was announced on Sunday (24 August) at the final performance of this year’s Glyndebourne Festival.

The John Christie Award is an annual scholarship given to a promising young singer to fund private study and has been awarded since 1965 by the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

A recent graduate of the Royal College of Music International Opera School, Louise Alder covered the part of Sophie in the 2014 Glyndebourne Festival production of Der Rosenkavalier and last month made her BBC Proms debut when she stepped in to perform the role.

She was described by the London Evening Standard as ‘a sparkling Sophie who won all hearts,’ while the Guardian stated that ‘her bright and well-supported soprano was a constant reward.’

In 2015, Louise will make her full Glyndebourne debut in the role of Lucia in Fiona Shaw’s award-winning production of The Rape of Lucretia which is being seen in the Festival for the first time.