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Christine Rice (Mezzo-soprano)

Born: England

Christine Rice is one of the leading British mezzo sopanos of her generation. A regular performer at the major European opera houses including Covent Garden; 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 in Duke Bluebeard's Castle, Concepcion L'Heure Espagnol, the title role in The Rape of Lucretia, Giulietta in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Hansel, Carmen and she created the roles of Miranda and Ariadne in the world premieres of Adès' The Tempest and Harrison Birtwistle's The Minotaur. For English National Opera her roles include Marguerite in La damnation de Faust and Arsace in Partenope. Other notable roles include Penelope in Il Ritorno d'Ulisse for Frankfurt Opera; Diana in La Calisto for Geneva Opera; Beatrice in Beatrice et Benedict for the Opera Comique in Paris; Carmen for the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the title roles of Ariodante and Rinaldo for the Bayerische Staatsoper.

Christine Rice 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.

Source: Askonas Holt Website; Photos 01-06 by Rob Moore
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (July 2013)

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Links to other Sites

Christine Rice (Askonas Holt)
Christine Rice Mezzo Soprano (Official Website) [Offline]

Once a physicist: Christine Rice (Institute of Physics)
Christine Rice: your new favourite mezzo soprano (Telegraph Blogs)
Christine Rice: The unlikely opera star (The Independent)

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