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Robert Rice (Baritone)

Born: England

The English baritone, Robert Rice, was a choral scholar at Kingís College, Cambridge, and a postgraduate at the Royal Academy of Music under Mark Wildman. He continued his studies with Richard Smart and Sheila Barnes.

Among the younger generation of British baritones, Robert Rice has established a reputation as an insightful interpreter of challenging repertoire. He is a valued collaborator and creator of roles in modern chamber opera and music theatre, as well as a concert singer of distinction. As a concert artist he undertakes a wide variety of repertoire. Recent concerts have included several performances of J.S. Bachís St John Passion (BWV 245), Caantata BWV 82 Ich habe genug and Mass in G minor (BWV 232), Dvorakís Stabat Mater and Orffís Carmina Burana. This season (2012-2013) he sings Johannes Brahmsí Ein Deutsches Requiem in Birmingham Symphony Hall, plus Rossiniís Petite Messe Solennelle and L.v. Beethovenís Mass in C. In recital he has recently collaborated with pianist Will Vann at the London English Song Festival and York Late Music, and with guitarist Erich Schachtner in Bavaria.

Robert Riceís stage work often involves contemporary music: he has toured Bosnia, Scotland and England with Opera Circus, appearing as Hasan in Nigel Osborneís well-received Differences in Demolitions, and in their previous production Arcane, with music by Paul Clark. Further stage appearances include Demas in The Pilgrimís Progress (Sadlerís Wells/Richard Hickox), Sailor in Dido and Aeneas (Chatelet/Paul McCreesh), Herakles in The Birds, Tempter in The Martyrdom of St Magnus (both for The Opera Group), title role in Darwinís Dream (RAH), King in Eight Songs for a Mad King (South Bank). He created the Ivory Carver in Judith Binghamís The Ivory Tree (St Edmundsbury Cathedral).

Robert Rice has recorded Judas in The Apostles with Canterbury Choral Society and the Philharmonia Orchestra. He is also featured on Monteverdiís Vespers of 1610 with the Southern Sinfonia and the Rodolfus Choir, and the Dufay Collectiveís The Play of Daniel. His recording of Corneliusí Die Drei Könige (The Three Kings) with the choir Polyphony is a favourite on both Classic FM and BBC Radio 3 whenever Christmas approaches. A skilled arranger of vocal music in many genres, he is published by Novello & Co. Ltd.

Source: Robert Rice Website (2013)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (January 2013)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Laurence Cummings


BWV 36

Paul Goodwin


BWV 244 [Choir Member & Pilate]

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Robert Rice, Baritone (Official Website)


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