Since making her debuts at Glyndebourne, English National Opera and the Belgium Royal Opera, Louise Crane has established herself as one of this country's most sought-after and versatile mezzo-sopranos.
A student at the Guildhall, Louise gained her AGSM Diploma and subsequently won awards from Clonter Opera Trust and the Peter Moores Foundation, as well as a college scholarship, to study at the RNCM.
After a season with Glyndebourne Festival Opera Louise won the Peter Stuyvestant Foundation Scholarship to the National Opera Studio where she completed her studies.
Some early engagements were Don Giovanni with Opera Factory (filmed for Channel 4),and Dialogues des Carmelites for the Opèra de Lyon (recorded by Virgin Classics), since when her many and varied roles have included Mother Goose The Rake’s Progress at the Aldeburgh Festival and for Opera East at the Iford Festival; Giovanna Ernani, Ismene The Siege of Corinth, Death Le Rossignol and Smaragdi Francesca da Rimini for Chelsea Opera Group; Florence Pike Albert Herring, Third Lady The Magic Flute and Mistress Quickly Falstaff for English Touring Opera; Marcellina The Marriage of Figaro and Third Lady for European Chamber Opera; Flora La Traviata for Mid-Wales Opera and the Irish Operatic Repertory Company, Jocasta Oedipus Rex and Filipyevna Eugene Onegin for Oxford University Opera; The Sorceress Dido and Aeneas for Palace Opera.
She made her debut with English National Opera in Jonathan Harvey’s Inquest of Love and subsequently took part in the opera’s revival at the Brussels Opera.
In demand for concert engagements at home and abroad, Louise has sung all the mainstream oratorio repertoire at major concert venues throughout the country and has broadcasted for BBC Radio 3, 4 and Classic FM. She has appeared on Friday Night is Music Night and is a guest artist with Impropera, giving performances in London and the Edinburgh Fringe.
Louise was a principal contralto with the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, singing several roles at the Savoy Theatre and in the USA.
Enjoying a long association with Opera della Luna, Louise’s twelve roles with the company include Alice Lucia di Lammermoor, Peep Bo/Katisha The Mikado, Buttercup HMS Pinafore and Orestes La Belle Helene on tour, at the Covent Garden Festival and for a season at London’s Bridewell Theatre.
A regular guest soloist at the annual International Gilbert & Sullivan Fesitval at Buxton Opera House, she has sung Tessa The Gondoliers, Hebe, the title role in Iolanthe and Ruth.
She has once again played Hebe in Raymond Gubbay’s production of HMS Pinafore at the Barbican Centre, Birmingham Symhony Hall and Manchester's Bridgewater Hall. She has also been seen as Praskovia The Merry Widow and Minerva Orpheus in the Underworld for Opera Holland Park.
As a visiting singing teacher at the Birmingham Conservatoire, Louise works with undergraduate and postgraduate students on a one to one basis and takes vocal masterclasses. She also runs vocal workshops for choirs, and trains business people in the art of presentation and use of vocal skills.
Read more about Louise and hear her recordings here