Alice Coote


Artist in Association


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).

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).

Highlights of the 2018/19 season include; the title role in Ariodante and the role of Le Prince Charmant in Cendrillon at the Lyric Opera of Chicago; the title role in the Munich Opera Festival’s new production of Agrippina; Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, ‘Resurrection’ with the Hallé Orchestra under Sir Mark Elder; Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; and Britten’s Spring Symphony with the London Symphony Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle. She will also give several recitals including a programme of Schubert with Julius Drake at Mogens Dahl, Copenhagen, and an evening of Haydn, Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Brahms, and Mahler with Christian Blackshaw at Wigmore Hall, London.

Coote will be a Hallé Associate Artist for the 2019/20 season during which she will perform; Berlioz Roméo et Juliet; Bach’s B Minor Mass; Mahler Symphony No.3.

Coote’s 2019/20 engagements include; the title role in Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice at English National Opera; Berlioz Roméo et Juliet with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas; Mary Magdalene/Narrator in Elgar’s The Apostles with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Mark Elder; Mahler Symphony No. 8 with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla; Sarah in Robert Devereux with the Los Angeles Opera; Ottavia in L’incoronazione di Poppea at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées;

In recital; Alice will perform at the St Andrew’s Voices Festival with Christian Blackshaw; at the Wigmore Hall with Julius Drake and at 92nd Street Y in New York with Eric Owens and Julius Drake.

In 2018 she was awarded an OBE for services to music.

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