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Christine Rice

Christine Rice
Patricia Taylor


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 Duke Bluebeard’s Castle, Concepcion L’Heure Espagnol, 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 Dorabella Cosi fan tutte, 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 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. She recently made her debut at The Metropolitan Opera, New York as Hansel and Giulietta Les contes d’Hoffmann.

Christine also has a very busy concert career, appearing throughout the UK, Europe, North America and at the BBC Proms and Edinburgh International and Aldeburgh Festivals 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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