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Christine Rice

Mezzo-Soprano

Biography

Christine Rice in action.
Christine Rice in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, The Royal Opera © Catherine Ashmore

English mezzo-soprano Christine Rice made her Royal Opera debut in 1998 as Suzy (La rondine in concert) and since 2003 has sung at the Royal Opera House almost every Season, in roles including Lucretia (The Rape of Lucretia), Judit (Duke Bluebeard’s Castle), Siébel (Faust), Concepcion (L’Heure espagnole), Giulietta (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Carmen, Hansel, Maddalena (Rigoletto) and Jenny (Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny). She created the roles Miranda (The Tempest) in 2004 and Ariadne (The Minotaur) in 2008.

Rice grew up in Manchester. She studied physics at Oxford University and began a DPhil but after two years changed to study singing at the Royal Northern College of Music. After singing with the Glyndebourne Festival Chorus she became a member of English National Opera, and has gone on to become one of Britain’s leading mezzo-sopranos. In addition to her Royal Opera roles, her repertory includes Penelope (Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Béatrice (Béatrice et Bénédict), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and Marguerite (La Damnation de Faust), for companies including ENO, Welsh National Opera, La Monnaie, Brusels, the Bavarian State Opera and Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Rice is a specialist in Handel opera, her many roles including Zenobia (Radamisto), Nero (Agrippina) and the title roles of Ariodante and Rinaldo, and is known for her championing of contemporary music.

Videos

News and features

Unprecedented collaboration between the Royal College of Art and Royal Opera House

Unprecedented collaboration between the Royal College of Art and Royal Opera House

20 March 2015

The Royal Opera’s Associate Director John Fulljames invited students from the RCA’s MA programme in Critical Writing to explore his production of Weill and Brecht’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny.

Listen: It may be tuneful, but Weill’s music underlines a ‘dark, cynical message’

Listen: It may be tuneful, but Weill’s music underlines a ‘dark, cynical message’

3 March 2015

Conductor Mark Wigglesworth and mezzo-soprano Christine Rice discuss the juxtaposition of music and text in Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny.

BBC Radio 3 broadcasts of Royal Opera performances announced for winter, spring and summer 2014/15

BBC Radio 3 broadcasts of Royal Opera performances announced for winter, spring and summer 2014/15

2 December 2014

Andrea Chénier, La bohème, Die Zauberflöte and others on Opera on 3.

Photos

Christine Rice as Carmen and Bryan Hymel as Don José in Carmen, The Royal Opera

Neal Davies, Kurt Streit, Christine Rice, Anne Sofie Von Otter, Darren Jeffery and Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts in Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

Christine Rice as Jenny and Kurt Streit as Jimmy Macintyre in Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

Christine Rice as Jenny and Willard W. White as Trinity Moses in Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

Christine Rice as Jenny in Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

Christine Rice in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, The Royal Opera

Anne Sofie Von Otter, Willard W. White , Peter Hoare, Christine Rice , Kurt Streit, Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts, Darren Jeffery and Robert Clark as the Bar Pianist.

Christine Rice as Jenny in Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

Kurt Streit as Jimmy Macintyre and Christine Rice as Jenny in Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

Christine Rice as Jenny and Willard W. White as Trinity Moses in Fall of the City of Mahagonny

Christine Rice in Carmen, The Royal Opera

Christine Rice as Jenny and Kurt Streit as Jimmy Macintyre in Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

Christine Rice as Jenny in Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

Christine Rice as Jenny in Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

Christine Rice

Peter Hoare, Willard W. White, Anne Sofie Von Otter as Leocadia Begbick, Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts, Christine Rice, Kurt Streit and Neal Davies in Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

Christine Rice as Jenny in Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny