LOUISE CRANE has worked as a principal artist with Glyndebourne, ENO, the Monnaie (Brussels), Opéra de Lyon, English Touring Opera, Aldeburgh Festival, Chelsea Opera Group, Opera Factory, Opera East, the Irish Operatic Repertory Company, Kentish Opera, Grim’s Dyke Opera, Gawsworth Hall and Mid-Wales Opera. She regularly performs all the major oratorio repertoire including Verdi’s and Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius throughout the UK at such venues as King’s College Cambridge, Salisbury Cathedral and Bath Abbey. Louise has toured with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and made several appearances on BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night. She has given concerts at the Barbican and Birmingham Symphony Hall devoted to the music of Offenbach and has also broadcast for Classic FM and BBC Radio 3 and 4. She is a regular guest artist with Impropera, appearing in London’s West End and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Louise joined D’Oyly Carte as a principal contralto, singing the Countess (The Count of Luxembourg), Fairy Queen (Iolanthe), Hebe (HMS Pinafore), Edith and Ruth (The Pirates of Penzance) at London’s Savoy Theatre and on tour in Britain and USA.
For Opera della Luna, Louise’s repertoire includes Katisha (Mikado), Ruth (The Parson’s Pirates), Amanda (The Ghosts of Ruddigore), Alice (Lucia di Lammermoor), Orestes (Belle Helene), Buttercup (HMS Pinafore) and The Marchioness of Market Harborough in The Burglar’s Opera.
Recent engagements include Flora (La Traviata) for Co-Opera in Ireland and in Barbados for Holder’s Festival; Tessa (The Gondoliers) and the title role in Iolanthe at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival at Buxton Opera House where she will shortly return to play Ruth (Pirates of Penzance). Her roles for Opera Holland Park include Praskovia (The Merry Widow) and Minerva (Orpheus in the Underworld). Louise has sung on many world cruises for both P&O and Cunard.