Established as a major star across both operatic and concert stages, mezzo-soprano Alice Coote is regarded as one of the great artists of our time. Coote has performed major roles on stages such as the Metropolitan Opera, Glyndebourne, Royal Opera House, Bayerische Staatsoper, Opéra de Paris, Wiener Staatsoper, LA Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Salzburg Festival. Equally acclaimed on the concert stage, she has performed with orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, The Hallé and The Concertgebouw.
Engagements in the 23/24 season include Storge Jephtha at the Royal Opera House, The Apostles and The Dream of Gerontius with The Hallé conducted by Sir Mark Elder, Mahler Symphony No. 3 with Robin Ticciati and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and Beethoven 9th Symphony and Mass in C Minor with Sir John Eliot Gardner and the Monterverdi Choir and Orchestra.
Coote’s recent operatic engagements included Madame de Croissy Dialogues des Carmélites at the Metropolitan Opera, title role in Handel Agrippina at Staatsoper Hamburg and Mère Marie in Poulenc Dialogues des Carmélites at Opernhaus Zürich. On the concert stage, her recent engagements include the role of Cassandra in concert performances of Les Troyens with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Monterverdi Choir and Orchestra at the BBC Proms, as well as further festival appearances at Salzburg, Berliner Festspiele, Festival Berlioz and Opéra Royal (Château de Versailles), Ravel Shéhérazade with the Sinfonia of London and John Wilson at the Barbican, Elgar Sea Pictures with Philharmonia and Sir John Eliot Gardiner; The Dream of Gerontius with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Ryan Wigglesworth, Mahler Das Lied von der Erde with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and Mahler Symphony No.2 with Michael Tilson Thomas and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington.
Driven by her passion for exploring and challenging gender stereotypes in characterisation, Coote is renowned for her interpretations of some of opera's most important male and female roles, including; including Dejanira Hercules, Leonore La Favorite, the title role in Carmen, Charlotte Werther, Dorabella Così fan tutte, Lucretia The Rape of Lucretia, Marguerite La damnation de Faust, Penelope Ulysses, Octavian Der Rosenkavalier, Composer Ariadne auf Naxos, Orfeo Orfeo ed Euridice, Idamante Idomeneo, Poppea and Nerone L’incoronazione di Poppea, Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel, Sesto and Vitelia La clemenza di Tito, Sesto Giulio Cesare, Maffio Orsini Lucrezia Borgia, Le Prince Charmant Cendrillon, Ruggiero Alcina and the title role in Ariodante.
The recital platform is central to her musical life, and she has performed throughout the UK, Europe and the US. Engagements have included; Wigmore Hall (where she has been a resident artist), the BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Festival, The Concertgebouw, Vienna Konzerthaus, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and the The Stars of the White Nights Mariinsky Festival in St Petersburg among many other prestigious venues with regular recital partners such as Julius Drake, Graham Johnson and Christian Blackshaw. Committed to audience development and redefining genre barriers, this season Coote premiered her latest project, 'The Rebellious Recital', a song recital including works by Mahler, David Bowie, Joni Mitchell, Bach and John Lennon at the Wigmore Hall.
A prolific and critically-acclaimed recording artist, Coote’s extensive catalogue includes: Mahler Song Cycles (Pentatone); Songs by Robert Schumann and Gustav Mahler (EMI); Händel’s Messiah and Mahler 2 (EMI); Angel The Dream of Gerontius and The Apostles (Hallé); Composer Ariadne auf Naxos (Chandos); Handel Arias (Hyperion), The Power of Love: An English Songbook (Hyperion), L'île heureuse: A French Songbook (Hyperion); Schubert’s Winterreise (Wigmore Hall Live); Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (Pentatone).
In 2018, she was awarded an OBE for services to music.
'To be a pitch of desparate doom-laden foreboding for an hour and half is a superhuman challenge for a singer, but Alice Coote rose to it magnificently ... putting everyone else in the shade.'
Seen and Heard
'Given Coote is an artist very much at the peak of her considerable powers, she has surely earned the right to sing what she likes. And this recital showed that taking risks can pay off – handsomely.'
'...(Coote's) body flailing all over the bed as she fought to survive. It was a gripping experience and one of the most intense I have witnessed on the Met stage.'