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Louise Tucker – Profile

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About Louise Tucker

Following graduation from the Guildhall School of Music, Louise Tucker appeared with Bristol Intimate Opera as Satyrino in La Calisto directed by Robert Carson.

Her subsequent opera career has included Dublin Grand Opera, Kent Opera, the Aix-en-Provence Festival and Orleans Opera. Concert work has included Pergolesi's Stabat Mater at the Wigmore Hall, an acclaimed Verdi Requiem and principal role in Rutter's Magnificat in Bath Abbey.

Louise Tucker has also had a successful recording career. Her two popular solo albums, Midnight Blue and After the Storm sold over 3 million copies and led to appearances with such artists as John Denver, Marvin Gaye, Dire Straits and Randy Crawford. Midnight Blue is one of the ten most played records in the USA and appears in the Guinness Book of Music Records. It is regarded as the first combination of classical melody in a popular idiom to enjoy world-wide success. She has also appeared on numerous shows in and around Europe, including the Yamaha Song Festival, Top of the Pops and Pebble Mill.

In 1994 Louise Tucker decided to return to classical music with the help and backing of two distinguished singers, Anne Howard and Josephine Veasey. Since then she has sung Dido in Dido and Aeneas; Brenda in the world premier of Howard Blake's The Station at the Purcell Room and Third Lady in the Magic Flute for Opera Box; also Isolier in Count Ory; Guilia in Rossini's Silken Ladder and Melanto in the Return of Ulysses.

Other concert work has included Mary of Magdalene for the Arthur Bliss Centenary Concert; the world premier of Alastair Jones'sDies Irae and Carmel Paschale; the Petite Messe Solennelle by Rossini; Bach's Christmas Oratorio; and St John Passion and B minor Mass; Mozart's Requiem and Coronation Mass and Haydn's Stabat Mater and Nelson Mass and Handel's Messiah and Jephtha with the Corelli Orchestra.

She has also appeared at Holland Park as Ulrica in the 1997 prize winning production of Un Ballo Maschera directed by Anthony Besch. Since then her engagements have included Bach's B Minor Mass; Dido and Aeneas for Midsummer Opera; Elgar's Sea Pictures; Handel's Solomon. She appeared as the Angel in Elgar's Dream of Gerontius with the Chiswick Choir in Southwark Cathedral in April 2000: this performance was specially arranged to mark the Millennium. In July she appeared at the Longborough Festival and sang the part of Waltraute in Wagner's Die Walkure. She appeared at Lincoln Cathedral in Verdi's Requiem with the London Bach Choir under the direction of David Hill and at the Brompton Oratory with the London Philharmonia.

Most recently she has performed several performances of Handel's Messiah with the Baroque Ensemble Vocal Monteclair in France. Future performances include a Pergolesi's Stabat Mater in Cheltenham at the Pump Room with the Corelli ensemble.

To learn more about Louise Tucker and her work please visit her website.