Louise Alder & Gary Matthewman ****
Wigmore Hall, 22nd July 2017
We anticipated a Ukrainian barihunk singing Tchaikovsky, but ended up with an English rose singing Strauss. “Travel problems” detained Andrei Bondarenko from making his Wigmore Hall recital, his place taken at very short notice by Louise Alder, whom I last saw here in February. During the intervening months, Alder has been busy: a deserved finalist in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, winning the Audience Prize; releasing her first solo recording; singing a divine Sophie in WNO’sRosenkavalier. On Friday, she sang Marzelline at the Proms. Not a soprano to let the grass grow under her feet.
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