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Rice, Christine (mezzo-soprano)
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Christine Rice (mezzo-soprano)

Christine Rice is one of the leading British mezzo-sopranos of her generation. A regular performer at the major European opera houses including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London; the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich; Frankfurt Opera; the Teatro Real, Madrid, and English National Opera, she has built a reputation both as a singing actress and a Handelian of the highest order.

For the Royal Opera, Covent Garden her roles have included Judith (Duke Bluebeard’s Castle), Concepcion (L’Heure Espagnole), the title role in The Rape of Lucretia, Giulietta (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Hansel, Carmen and she created the roles of Miranda and Ariadne in the world premieres of Adès’ The Tempest and Birtwistle’s The Minotaur. For English National Opera her roles include Marguerite (La damnation de Faust) and Arsace (Partenope). Other notable roles include Penelope (Il Ritorno d’Ulisse) for Frankfurt Opera; Diana (La Calisto) for Geneva Opera; Beatrice (Béatrice et Bénédict) for the Opera Comique in Paris; Carmen for the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the title roles of Ariodante and Rinaldo for the Bayerische Staatsoper.

She sang Annio in La Clemenza di Tito at the Edinburgh Festival under Sir Charles Mackerras which was recorded for Deutsche Grammophon. Other recordings include English song recitals with Iain Burnside and an EMI recital disc with Roger Vignoles.

Christine also has a very busy concert career, appearing throughout the UK, Europe, North America and at the BBC Promenade Concerts and Edinburgh International Festival working with conductors that include Sir Antonio Pappano, Sir Mark Elder, Edward Gardner, Fabio Luisi, Sir Andrew Davis and Yannick Nézet-Séguin.


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