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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. In the 2016/17 Season she returns to sing Giulietta (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) and Blanca (The Exterminating Angel).

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. Her repertory includes Penelope (Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Béatrice (Béatrice et Bénédict), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Ruggiero (Alcina), Marguerite (La Damnation de Faust) and Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel), for companies including ENO, Welsh National Opera, La Monnaie, Brussels, Bavarian State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro Real, Madrid, Salzburg Festival and the Metropolitan Opera, New York.

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

Watch: Why <em>Les Contes d'Hoffmann</em> is 'the perfect vehicle for cinema’

Watch: Why Les Contes d'Hoffmann is 'the perfect vehicle for cinema’

16 November 2016

How director John Schlesinger's background in film influenced his hyper-detailed production of Offenbach's opera.

Your Reaction: What did you think of <em>Les Contes d'Hoffmann</em> in cinemas?

Your Reaction: What did you think of Les Contes d'Hoffmann in cinemas?

15 November 2016

John Schlesinger's classic Royal Opera production was relayed live to cinemas around the world.

Offenbach’s <em>Les Contes d'Hoffmann</em> to be relayed live to cinemas on 15 November 2016

Offenbach’s Les Contes d'Hoffmann to be relayed live to cinemas on 15 November 2016

11 November 2016

The live relay of John Schlesinger's classic Royal Opera production stars an impressive cast including Vittorio Grigolo, Thomas Hampson and Sonya Yoncheva.

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