Alice Coote’s recording Mahler Song Cycles on Pentatone, recorded with Marc Albrecht and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, has been selected as one of MusicWeb International’s Recordings of the Year 2018.
In reviewing the recording for MusicWeb international, Göran Forsling writes: “Alice Coote’s capacity as recitalist is well-known by now after several excellent CDs, but this Mahler programme surpasses everything through her deep understanding of the texts and her involved identification. Add to this the rapport between her and the conductor Marc Albrecht which feels like a parallel with the legendary Janet Baker – John Barbirolli radar couple fifty years ago.”
Ms Coote has most recently been stunning audiences in Lyric Opera’s production of Massenet’s Cendrillon in Chicago, where she the Chicago Sun Times describe her as “astonishing”. They write, “This time the prince is portrayed by the astonishing mezzo-soprano Alice Coote, a modern master of such breeches parts(…)she endowed Massenet’s regal young man with a marvelous dose of failure-to-launch torment.” (Chicago Sun Times)
Lawrence A. Johnson of the Chicago Classical Review writes, “Alice Coote provided all of the night’s vocal highlights as Prince Charmant. The English mezzo-soprano possesses enough artistry and experience to bull through the staging excesses, and her vocal gleam and dramatic impact elevated the evening.”
Seen and Heard International were also full of praise for Ms Coote, writing: “Alice Coote… is vocally stunning as Prince Charming. Her elegant line and thoughtful phrasing deftly shape her character. In the encounter with Cendrillon at the end of the second act (‘Je te perdrais?’), the sense of love at first sight is apparent, with Coote’s intensity creating the effect Massenet scored so carefully. In the third act, Coote’s longing for the absent Cendrillon benefits from languid phrasing (‘Tu me l’as dit’) that resolves at the end of the scene, with no loss of rich, full sound.”