Christine Rice, mezzo-soprano

Christine Rice is one of the leading British mezzo sopranos of her generation. A regular performer at the major European opera houses including Covent Garden; Glyndebourne; 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.


Rice’s operatic roles include Judith Duke Bluebeard’s Castle,  Concepcion L’Heure Espagnol, the title role in The Rape of Lucretia, Carmen, Dorabella Cosi fan tutte, Marguerite La damnation de Faust, Arsace Partenope, Penelope Il Ritorno d’Ulisse, Ruggiero Alcina and Donna Elvira Don Giovanni and she created the roles of Miranda, Blanca and Ariadne in the world premieres of Adès’ The Tempest and The Exterminating Angel and Birtwistle’s The Minotaur. She 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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Ludwig van Beethoven

The 9 Symphonies

Malmö Symphony Orchestra

Robert Trevino, conductor

Kate Royal, soprano

Christine Rice, mezzo-soprano

Tuomas Katajala, tenor

Derek Welton, bass

MSO Festival Chorus

Alexander Einarsson, chorus master

ODE 1348-5Q

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