Alice Coote

Mezzo-soprano Alice Coote is regarded as one of the great artists of our day. Equally famed on the great operatic stages as in concert and recital she has been named the ‘superlative British Mezzo’ (San Francisco Chronicle). Her performances have been described as ‘breathtaking in [its] sheer conviction and subtlety of perception’ (The Times) and her voice as ‘beautiful, to be sure, but, more importantly, it thrills you to the marrow.’ (The Daily Telegraph).

Renowned on the great recital, concert and opera stages of the world, Alice Coote’s career has taken her from her beginnings in the north of England (born in Cheshire), singing in local festivals and playing oboe in the Cheshire Youth Orchestra, to being regarded as one of the great artists of today.

The recital platform is central to her musical life, and she performs throughout the UK, Europe and the US, at the Wigmore Hall (where she has been a resident artist), the BBC Proms, Concertgebouw, Vienna Konzerthaus, Lincoln Centre NY and Carnegie Hall, among many other prestigious venues. Most recently, she has debuted Schubert’s “Winterreise at ‘’The Stars of the White Nights’’ Mariinsky Festival in St Petersburg.

Acclaimed in particular for Strauss, Mahler, Berlioz, Mozart, Händel and Bach with orchestras such as London Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, OAE, The English Concert, Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Hallé and Concertgebouw.

In her operatic engagements Coote spends a large part of her time engaged abroad, and in the UK, interpreting male and female roles, such as Dejanira “Hercules”, Leonore “La Favorite”, Carmen, Charlotte “Werther”, Dorabella “Così fan Tutte”, Lucretia “The Rape of Lucretia”, Marguerite “Damnation de Faust”, Penelope “Ulysses”, Octavian “Der Rosenkavalier”, Composer “Ariadne”, Orfeo, Idamante “Idomeneo”, both Poppea and Nerone “L’incoronazione di Poppea”, Hänsel “Hänsel und Gretel”, Sesto and Vitellia “La Clemenza di Tito”, Sesto “Giulio Cesare”, Maffio Orsini “Lucrezia Borgia”, Le Prince Charmant “Cendrillon”, Ruggiero “Alcina” and the title role in “Ariodante”. She has performed these roles at Opera North, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, English National Opera, Glyndebourne and the Royal Opera House. In Europe she has appeared at opera houses including Opéra de Paris and the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, in Amsterdam, Geneva, Munich, Frankfurt, and Salzburg. USA and Canadian appearances include Lyric Opera of Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto and the Metropolitan Opera New York.

Her many recordings and DVD appearances include on CD: Mahler Song Cycles (Pentatone); an album of English Song, “The Power of Love” (Hyperion); Songs by Robert Schumann and Gustav Mahler (EMI); Händel’s “Messiah” and Mahler 2 (EMI); “Angel Dream of Gerontius” and “The Apostles” (Hallé); Composer “Ariadne auf Naxos” (Chandos); “Orfeo” (Virgin Classics); “Choice of Hercules” (Hyperion); Brahms Alto Rhapsody (Tudor); Schubert’s “Winterreise” (Wigmore Hall Live); Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde” (Pentatone); On DVD: Händel’s “Messiah” (EMI); Hansel “Hansel and Gretel” (EMI); Nerone “Poppea” (Decca); Ruggiero “Alcina” (Arte) Maffio Orsini “Lucrezia Borgia” (Medici Arts).

As of July 2019

Alice Coote

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