Alice Coote

Mezzo-soprano Alice Coote made her San Francisco Opera debut as Ruggiero in Handel’s Alcina in 2002 and returned in 2008 as Idamante (Idomeneo) and 2010 as Charlotte (Werther). Renowned throughout Europe and the U.S., she recently performed the Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos) with Munich’s Bavarian State Opera; Dejanira (Hercules) in Chicago; Prince Charming (Cendrillon) at Covent Garden; Léonor (La Favorite) in Paris; and Hänsel at the Met; Maffio Orsini (Lucrezia Borgia) in Munich; Sesto (La Clemenza di Tito) at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, English National Opera, and Frankfurt Opera; Nerone (L’Incoronazione di Poppea) at Glyndebourne Festival (also on DVD); Sesto (Giulio Cesare in Egitto) with the Metropolitan Opera, Paris’s Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, and in Rome; Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel) with the Met, Covent Garden, Chicago Lyric Opera, and Glyndebourne Festival; Charlotte and Marguerite (La Damnation de Faust) in Frankfurt; the title roles of Carmen, Ariodante, and L’Incoronazione di Poppea with English National Opera; and Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier) with Seattle Opera and Los Angeles Opera. The British mezzo studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and the National Opera Studio in London. She is a past winner of the Brigitte Fassbaender Award for Lieder Interpretation and the Decca Kathleen Ferrier Prize. Equally at home on the concert stage, Coote has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw, Boston Symphony, and the New York Philharmonic. An acclaimed recitalist, she appears regularly at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, and the Concertgebouw.  Her discography includes Lieder (EMI), Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 and Orfeo (Virgin Classics), The Dream of Gerontius (Halle), Brahms Alto Rhapsody (Tudor), and Ariadne auf Naxos (Chandos).