Lancashire-born Soprano Louisa Stirland is a current scholar of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she studies with Yvonne Kenny. During her time at Guildhall Louisa has performed as Aurore in Massenet’s Le portrait de Manon, Columbine in Ethel Smythe’s Fête Galante, Lucia in Nino Rota’s i due timidi, Kitty Hart in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, Sister Catherine in Dead Man Walking and Clorinda in Monteverdi’s combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda. She has also performed as Lisette (La Rondine), Sophie (Werther), Sophie (Der Rosenkavlier), Aspasia (Mitridate), Armida (Rinaldo), Despina (Cosi fan Tutte), Ilia (Idomeneo) and Puck (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) in Guildhall Opera Scenes. Louisa also recently created the role of Lucia in Lucid; a new opera performed for Guildhall’s Opera Makers.

Louisa’s other operatic experience includes covering the role of Lucia in The Alexander Gibson Opera School’s production of The Rape of Lucretia during her masters at RCS. Louisa also covered a number of roles in the London premier of David Blake and Keith Warner’s Scoring a Century with British Youth Opera. In addition, Louisa has performed as Ilia (Idomeneo) in Opera Scenes during her undergraduate at RAM, and as Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Blonde (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Servilia (Clemenza di Tito) and Carolina (Il matrimonio segreto) in Opera scenes at RCS. Louisa has also performed as Second Woman and Second Witch (Dido and Aeneas) under Michael Chance at the Royal Academy of Music, as Madame Silberklang (Der Schauspieldirektor) for St Bartholomew’s Orchestra and as the Sandman and Dew Fairy (Hansel and Gretel) for Preston Outreach Opera.

While at RCS Louisa won the Hugh S Roberton Prize for Scottish singing and the William Allan Prize. Louisa’s other competition success include winning third prize in the AESS Courtney Kenny Award, receiving the Kate Wolveridge Prize for best 17th Century song at the final of the John Kerr award, and being highly commended in the Michael Head English Song Prize at RAM.

As a former BBC Young Chorister of the Year Louisa has also appeared on multiple episodes of BBC1’s Songs of Praise as well as in a number of programmes on radios 2, 3 and 4. She has also performed extensively on the concert platform with a number of prestigious orchestra’s and choirs, including the BBC Philharmonic, BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Singers and Bach Choir. Louisa has performed in Handel’s Messiah at Westminster Central Hall and in Vivaldi’s Gloria at Media City Manchester, both for BBC Radio 2. Louisa also took part in the 2017 St Alban’s Organ Festival where she performed Vierne’s Les Angelus with organ at the Royal Festival Hall.

Louisa’s upcoming roles include The Bird in Judith Weir’s Blond Eckbert for Guildhall’s summer opera and The Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute for Clonter Opera in July.

Louisa’s studies are generously supported by the Guildhall School, the Dow-Clewer foundation and the Gita de la Fuente prize

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