The Marriage of Figaro
English National Opera
In an overdue house debut, Louise Alder was an irresistible Susanna, a beautifully judged mix of cartoon coquettishness and emotional depth.
Alder's Susanna is world-class, exquisitely phrased, beautifully sung, worthy to be mentioned in the same breath as an earlier ENO singer of this role, Lillian Watson, or Lucia Popp and Miah Persson at Covent Garden.
.. only Louise Alder as Susanna realises both vocal and emotional possibilities... Alder, .. is a dream Susanna, winning us over immediately with her confidential reactions, naturalnes and vocal warmth.
Louise Alder’s Susanna is impeccable, and absolutely gorgeous of voice. She has the lightness for ‘Aprite, presto aprite’ (as it is in the original Italian) and her exchanges with Figaro in the opening scenes were magnificent. Alder has real stage presence – having enjoyed her in multiple performances of Handel before now, it is clear her Mozart, too, shines.
Soprano Louise Alder gives a terrific performance as Susanna, the object of the Count’s lust. She is winningly streetwise and nobody’s fool. Not for nothing has Louise been heralded as “the brightest lyric soprano of the younger generation”. A fine actor and a superb singer she is one to watch.
Louise Alder’s Susanna is simply sublime. She nails the comedic mischief with a down-to-earth, no-nonsense realism that overcomes every directorial artifice. She’s pert and punchy, sometimes literally as Figaro finds to his peril, but also absolutely transcendent in Act 4’s ‘Deh vieni’: this aria was an absolute show-stopper.
Louise Alder is a magnetic Susanna, embodying the character’s sparky sense of charm
THE FINANCIAL TIMES - Hannah Nepilova
The quality of the singing, too, is well up to ENO’s best standards... ditto the sparky Susanna of Louise Alder – her last-act serenade simply sublime.
THE STAGE - George Hall
Louise Alder’s portrayal mingles wit and weariness, as is evident when she ends an occasional line with a word almost spat in indignation rather than sung. And she is a joy to watch, whether she’s slipping from the Count’s grasp or delivering a beautiful aria to Figaro when he suspects her fidelity. She proves the critical role of female agency in ‘rounding the play off nicely’.