Christine Rice


Christine Rice studied at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Her many operatic roles include the title role in Carmen, Kostelnicka Jenufa, Jezibaba Rusalka, Giulietta Les Contes d’Hoffman, Emilia Otello, the title role in The Rape of Lucretia, Sonyetka Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Blanca The Exterminating Angel, Judith Duke Bluebeard’s Castle, Maddalena Rigoletto and Jenny Smith in Weill’s The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny; and two world premieres: Ariadne in Birtwistle’s The Minotaur and Miranda in Ades’ The Tempest all at Covent Garden. She made her debut at The Metropolitan Opera as Hansel and Giulietta Les contes d’Hoffmann and has appeared at many of the world’s leading opera houses, including the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Teatro Real Madrid, Dutch National Opera, Teatro di San Carlo, Seattle Opera, Frankfurt Opera, Zurich, Geneva, the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Glyndebourne Festival Opera.

In concert, Christine has appeared with the Boston, BBC, Bournemouth, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras; the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Philharmonia and London Philharmonic Orchestras in repertoire including The Dream of GerontiusLa Mort de CleopatraSpring SymphonySt Matthew PassionScheherazade and the Mozart and Verdi Requiem. She has appeared at the Aldeburgh, St Denis and Edinburgh Festivals and the BBC Proms. Conductors with whom she has worked include Sir Simon Rattle, Edward Gardner, John Nelson, Sir Charles Mackerras, Donald Runnicles, Andris Nelsons, Ryan Wigglesworth, Laurence Cummings and Harry Bicket. Christine performed the world premiere of Harbison’s Closer to my own Life with the New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Verdi’s Requiem with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, both at New York’s Carnegie Hall.

Her many recordings include Oskar Fried’s Verklärte Nacht with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Edward Gardner, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the Malmo Symphony Orchestra. Christine has also recorded her debut recital disc with Roger Vignoles and Respighi’s Il Tramonto with Sir Antonio Pappano, for EMI.

Future and recent engagements include Suzuki Madama Butterfly at the ROH, Erda Das Rheingold at English National Opera, Jezibaba Rusalka at Garsington and Edinburgh FestivalKostelnicka Jenufa in Rouen, Britten’s Phaedra at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, L’Enfance du Christ in Lyon, Messiah in a Deborah Warner production in Lyon and Federica Luisa Miller at the English National Opera. Further future projects include returns to the Opéra de Paris and English National Opera.

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