Christine Rice


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 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.

Christine also has a very busy concert career, appearing throughout the UK, Europe, North America and at the BBC Promenade Concerts and Edinburgh International Festival 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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Royal Albert Hall, London


John McLeod, The Sun Dances - London premiere

Beethoven Symphony No. 4 in B flat major 


Mozart Requiem in D minor (compl. Robert D. Levin) (50 mins)
Carolyn Sampson soprano
Christine Rice mezzo-soprano
Jeremy Ovenden tenor
Neal Davies bass
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Donald Runnicles  

Barbican , London

The English Concert

HANDEL: Alcina

Director/Harpsichord: Harry Bicket  
Joyce DiDonato Alcina
Alice Coote Ruggiero
Anna Christy Morgana
Christine Rice Bradamante
Ben Johnson Oronte
Wojtek Gierlach Melisso
Anna Devin Oberto

Auditorio Nacional de Musica, Madrid

The English Concert

HANDEL: Alcina

Director: Harry Bicket
Alice Coote, Ruggiero (mezzosoprano) 
Christine Rice, Bradamante (mezzosoprano) 
Anna Christie, Morgana (soprano) 
Anna Devin, Oberto (soprano) 
Ben Johnson, Oronte (tenor) 
Wojtek Gierlach, Melisso (bajo)

Carnegie Hall, New York

The English Concert

HANDEL: Alcina

Conductor: Harry Bicket
Joyce DiDonato (Alcine)
Alice Coote (Ruggiero)
Anna Christy (Morgana)
Christine Rice (Bradamante) 
Ben Johnson, Tenor (Oronte)
Wojtek Gierlach (Melisso)
Anna Devin, Soprano (Oberto)

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Cosi fan tutte

English National Opera

...Christine Rice’s richly expressive Dorabella. Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 17th May 2014
The women were best, with Christine Rice's Dorabella the most substantial achievement, strongly characterised... Martin Kettle, The Guardian, 18th May 2014
Thank heavens that Christine Rice is in terrific vocal and comedic form as a frumpish Dorabella seizing her last chance to stray... Richard Morrison, The Times, 20th May 2014
 Of the quartet of lovers only Christine Rice as Dorabella is exceptional... Barry Millington, Evening Standard, 19th May 2014
As a feisty Dorabella, Christine Rice clearly enjoyed delivering the performance of the evening, using her luxuriantly warm mezzo with verbal acuity. John Allison, Opera, July 2014


The Minotaur

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

The superb Christine Rice... Sameer Rahim, The Telegraph, 22nd January 2013
A strong cast has largely been re-assembled from the premiere, led by Christine Rice as Ariadne... Richard Fairman, Financial Times, 20th January 2013
The same trio of soloists - Christine Rice (Ariadne)...are back to give phenomenal performances. Rice, almost constantly on stage, unnerving as quasi-narrator and lustful protagonist, was both terrific and terrifying. Fiona Maddocks, The Observer, 20th January 2013
...immaculately rehearsed production is pitch-perfect in its clean-lined austerity, and Christine Rice (Ariadne)...are all superb. Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 18th January 2013
Mezzo Christine Rice is back in the role of praise too high for...Rice's performance - centre-stage virtually the whole evening... Michael Church, The Independent, 18th January 2013
Christine Rice surely deserves recognition as one of the great operatic artists of our time. Even when she has to sing loudly her tone loses none of its lustre, and as always she acts with sovereign economy and point: one hangs just as keenly on her gestures as on her voice. Michael Tanner, The Spectator, 2nd February 2013



Philadelphia Orchestra

...British mezzo-soprano Christine Rice, whose warmth and musicality were matched by a sensitive intelligence and keen commitment to ensemble.
Victoria Martino, The Huffington Post, 1st November 2012
Of the vocal soloists the most consistently effective was the least well known hereabout, Christine Rice, a British mezzo-soprano...she sang with lovely tone, fine expressivity and good diction in her middle and upper registers. 
James R. Oestreich, The New York Times, 24th October 2012
British mezzo-soprano Christine Rice...wonderfully held her own with crystal clear tonality and an extremely fine tuned sense of musical communication. Her expression of the text was such that one need not look at the translations. If one did, one would miss the magnitude of her acting ability.
Jake Johansen, The Examiner, 23rd October 2012


Closer to my own life

Carnegie Hall

Christine Rice was the excellent soloist, masterfully phrasing the composer's arcs as if she were a human extension of the horn section...her diction...made the printed text unnecessary. 
Bruce Hodges,, 19th October 2011
A powerful new work sung beautifully by Rice. Rice, who specializes in both Baroque and Birtwistle contemporary, sang in her big, glamorous voice, following Harbison's strongly profiled motifs...Her tone is sensuous and dark, just right for this work of dark and disturbing music and words. 
Susan Hall,, 17th October 2011
Christine Rice's deep. burnished voice conveyed the texts with consistent authority... 
Gene Gaudette,, 16th October 2011



Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

...with Christine Rice as his sister Maddalena on sultry form.
Fiona Maddocks, The Observer, 15th April 2012
...Christine Rice is feisty as Maddalena...
John Allison, The Telegraph, 11th April 2012
Christine Rice makes a superb Maddalena.
George Hall, The Guardian, 10th April 2012
Christine Rice’s seductive Maddalena and Matthew Rose’s morose Sparafucile are both near ideal.
Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 2nd April 2012
Christine Rice as his sister Maddalena also deserve[s] honourable mention.
Barry Millington, Evening Standard, 2nd April 2012


Tales of Hoffmann

English National Opera

...Christine Rice at her creamiest, able to create in a few gestures and notes what many singers would take an evening to convey.
Michael Tanner, The Spectator, 18th February 2012
Christine Rice brought her customary beauty of sound and dramatic know-how to Nicklausse...
Rodney Milnes, Opera, April 2012
A bonus is that Nicklausse, Hoffmann's ambiguous muse, has more action. Since he is sung by Christine Rice, in excellent form as a Richmal Crompton schoolboy, no one should complain.
Fiona Maddocks, The Observer, 19th February 2012
...fabulously sung by Christine Rice...
Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times, 19th February 2012
Still, it's a triumph for the ENO, with the principals being given luxurious support by Christine Rice's warm mezzo muse/schoolboy...
Paul Levy, Wall Street Journal, 17th February 2012
Nicklausse, his companion on his adventures, is a level-headed Just William (the convincing Christine Rice)...
Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 14th February 2012
 It would almost be worth attending just to hear the delightful Christine Rice as Nicklausse, Hoffmann’s muse, whose voice is acquiring some thrilling darker hues.
Sam Smith,, 14th February 2012
Christine Rice sings an impressively rich-toned Nicklausse...
Richard Fairman, Financial Times, 13th February 2012
Christine Rice’s Nicklausse is vocally glamorous...
George Hall, The Stage, 13th February 2012
mezzo Christine Rice is his confidant Nicklausse...
Michael Church, The Independent, 13th February 2012
Superb as Hoffmann's friend/muse Nicklausse, Christine Rice sports schoolboy short trousers and grubby knees - a neat comment on the immaturity of Hoffmann.
Barry Millington, Evening Standard, 13th February 2012
Through it all, Christine Rice’s boyish Nicklausse is an irresistible and truly inspiring Muse, rhapsodic in her big Act II aria, and both elegant and touching in the great Barcarolle.
Hilary Finch, The Times, 12th February 2012
...Christine Rice's tremendous schoolboy Nicklausse.
Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 12th February 2012


DURUFLE: Requiem Aeternam

Christine Rice (mezzo-soprano)
Mark Stone (baritone)
Guy Johnston (cello)
Tristan Mitchard (organ)
The Choir of Somerville College, Oxford (choir)
David Crown (conductor)
Maurice Duruflé (composer)
Robin Milford (composer)

Duruflé's Requiem & Milford's Mass for Five Voices
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