Alice Coote

Mezzo-Soprano

Biography

World renowned 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, the 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 where she returns this year to perform Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Leben and Dichterliebe.

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; she has collaborated with conductors such as Gergiev, Dohnanyi, Belohavek, Salonen, Elder, Boulez, Jurowski and Järvi.

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Reviews

“Alice Coote’s extreme performance as Hercules’s jealous and unhinged wife Dejanira dwarfed all her colleagues’ efforts. Coote did not so much chart a descent into madness (Dejanira’s precarious state of mind was clear from her opening recitative), rather she set out to present an entire spectrum of insanity, from warped sarcasm in ‘Resign thy club and lion’s spoils’ to the frenzied violence of ‘ Where shall I fly?'”

Laura Battle

Financial Times

“[…] Dejanira, an extraordinary study of the destructive impact of jealousy on a tempestuous nature, here sung by Alice Coote. The full resources of her wide-ranging mezzo were brought into play to define it, and the result was a tour de force of colouristic display placed firmly in the service of imaginative dramatic exploration. […] The choir and orchestra of The English Concert were on impeccable form under Bicket, with high-definition articulation and tonal quality underlying everything they did; but this was inevitably Coote’s evening, as well as Handel’s.”

George Hall

The Guardian