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Alice Coote

Mezzo-Soprano

Biography

Alice Coote in action.
Alice Coote as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, The Royal Opera © 2016 ROH. Photograph by Catherine Ashmore

English mezzo-soprano Alice Coote made her Royal Opera debut in 2002 as Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro, Act II) in Bernard Haitink’s farewell performance. She has since sung Dryad (Ariadne auf Naxos), Orlando, Hansel (Hansel and Gretel) and Prince Charmant (Cendrillon). She returns in the 2016/17 Season to sing Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier).

Coote grew up in Cheshire and studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She has performed with all the major UK opera companies and for Paris Opéra, Metropolitan Opera, New York, Chicago Lyric Opera, the opera companies of Amsterdam, Geneva, Frankfurt, Munich, Toronto, Los Angeles and San Francisco and at the Salzburg Festival, among others. Roles in addition to her Royal Opera repertory include Poppea and Nerone (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Ariodante, Ruggiero (Alcina), Dejanira (Hercules), Gluck’s Orfeo, Idamante (Idomeneo), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Sesto (La clemenza di Tito), Léonor (La Favorite), Marguerite (La Damnation de Faust), Carmen, Charlotte (Werther), Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos) and Lucretia (The Rape of Lucretia).

Coote sings worldwide in concert and recital, with orchestras including London Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The English Concert, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Hallé and the Concertgebouw, with such conductors as Pierre Boulez, Christoph von Dohnányi, Mark Elder, Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Jurowski and Esa-Pekka Salonen. She is a regular guest in recital at venues including the Wigmore Hall (where she has been resident artist), Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vienna Konzerthaus, the Lincoln Center and the Mariinsky Festival.

Videos

News and features

Your Reaction: What did you think of Strauss's <em>Der Rosenkavalier</em>?

Your Reaction: What did you think of Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier?

19 December 2016

A round-up of reviews and responses to Robert Carsen's sumptuous new Royal Opera production.

Sky Arts set to broadcast seven ROH productions during autumn 2015

Sky Arts set to broadcast seven ROH productions during autumn 2015

24 August 2015

A number of recent Royal Opera and Royal Ballet productions will be shown on Sky Arts over the coming months.

Cinderella in cinemas

Cinderella in cinemas

16 January 2012

As Laurent Pelly's Cinderella screens in cinemas worldwide, an introduction Massenet's fairytale opera.

Photos

Alice Coote

Sophie Bevan as Sophie von Faninal, Matthew Rose as Baron Ochs and Alice Coote as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, The Royal Opera

Alice Coote as Octavian, Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke as Valzacchi, Jochen Schmeckenbecher as Herr von Faninal, Sophie Bevan as Sophie von Faninal in Der Rosenkavalier, The Royal Opera

Matthew Rose as Baron Ochs and Alice Coote as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, The Royal Opera

Sophie Bevan as Sophie von Faninal and Alice Coote as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, The Royal Opera

Sophie Bevan as Sophie von Faninal and Alice Coote as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, The Royal Opera

Matthew Rose as Baron Ochs and Alice Coote as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, The Royal Opera

Matthew Rose as Baron Ochs and Alice Coote as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, The Royal Opera

Sophie Bevan as Sophie von Faninal and Alice Coote as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, The Royal Opera

Alice Coote as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, The Royal Opera

Alice Coote as Prince Charmant in Cendrillon, The Royal Opera

Sophie Bevan as Sophie von Faninal and Alice Coote as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, The Royal Opera

Alice Coote as Octavian and Renée Fleming as The Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier, The Royal Opera

Alice Coote as Octavian and Matthew Rose as Baron Ochs in Der Rosenkavalier, The Royal Opera

Alice Coote as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, The Royal Opera

Alice Coote as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, The Royal Opera

Alice Coote as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, The Royal Opera

Matthew Rose as Baron Ochs and Alice Coote as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, The Royal Opera