Mary Rice is a mezzo-soprano transplanted from the Wild Wild West to New York City. Before moving to the Big Apple, she ambled around the Intermountain West, worked as a sports reporter and photographer, learned how to unicycle, and picked up a love for running that has culminated in several New York City marathon finishes.
On stage, she has received praise for her "fantastic coloratura" and her "oustanding capability as a physical actress" - donning trousers and leaping off the furniture as Cherubino, L'enfant, Hänsel, Nerone (Poppea), Jean (Le portrait de Manon) - even the gangster Bob in Kurt Weill's Threepenny Opera. Her cross-gender performances cross genres as well; her stage and musical theatre roles include the Fiddler in Fiddler on the Roof, Macduff in Macbeth, and Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
More lady-like engagements include Mrs. Nolan (The Medium), the title role in Viardot's Cendrillon, Edith (The Pirates of Penzance), Voice of the Water in the premiere of Lori Laitman's Uncovered, Mary Bucelli in the premiere of Leonard Lehrman's The Triangle Fire - and she even tap-danced her way through the Hot Box as a dancer in Guys and Dolls.
She is a 2020 Mary Trueman Art Song Preservation Society Competition finalist, 2020 Lyra New York Mozart Competition finalist, a 2019 Saltworks Opera Vocal Competition finalist, and a 2-time Division 1 NYLOT Vocal Competition Semifinalist.
Deeply committed to ensuring equitable access to the arts, Mary frequently performs in free or benefit concerts with The Opera Collective, Sing for Hope, and Recital for Refugees benefitting the International Rescue Committee, and has worked in musical outreach with the Moab Music Festival and Indemini Festivals.