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Alice Coote

Born in Cheshire, Alice Coote's career has taken her from her beginnings in the north of England, taking part in local singing festivals and playing oboe in the Cheshire Youth Orchestra, to being regarded as one of the great artists of today. Trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Royal Northern College of Music and The National Opera Studio, she received the Decca Kathleen Ferrier Prize and a Brigitte Fassbaender prize for Lieder Interpretation.

The recital platform is central to Alice Coote's musical life. She performs throughout the UK, Europe and the US at Wigmore Hall, BBC Proms, Concertgebouw, Lincoln Centre and Carnegie Hall amongmany other venues. She has performed Schubert's Winterreise in Chicago and Frankfurt, and appears in Philadelphia and Washington in 2010/11. Judith Weir's The Voice of Desire was written for her.

Acclaimed in particular for Mahler, Berlioz, Mozart, Handel and Bach with the London Symphony, Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Le Concert d'Astrée, Hallé and Royal Concertgebouw orchestras, she has collaborated with conductors including Gergiev, Dohnányi, Beňálohlávek, Elder and Boulez.

In opera, Alice Coote's roles include Poppea, Carmen, Charlotte, Dorabella, Lucretia,Marguerite, Penelope,Octavian, Composer, Orfeo, Idamante, Nerone, Hänsel, Sesto (Giulio Cesare and La clemenza di Tito), Maffio Orsini, Ruggiero and Ariodante, which she has performed at Opera North, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, English National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (ROH) and abroad at the Paris Opera and Théatre des Champs Elysées, Paris; Metropolitan Opera, New York; Chicago Lyric Opera; and in Amsterdam, Munich, Frankfurt, Salzburg, Seattle, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Forthcoming seasons will introduce Dejaneira (Hercules) in Chicago, Prince Charming (Cendrillon) at ROH and La Favorite (title role) at the Théatre des Champs-Elysées.

Her recordings include Mahler's Symphony No. 2, a Lieder Recital andMessiah (also onDVD) for EMI; Composer (Ariadne aufNaxos) and Orfeo for Virgin Classics; The Choice ofHercules for Hyperion; Brahms's Alto Rhapsody for Tudor; and on DVD, Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel) for EMI, Nerone (Poppea) for Decca and Maffio Orsini (Lucrezia Borgia) for Medici Arts.