"Mezzo-soprano Mary Rice performed "Carceleras" from Chapi's Las hijas del Zebedeo with Latin flair and a fine Castilian accent. We loved the tongue-twisting rapid fire delivery, the intense rhythmicity, the word coloring, the gestures...."
-Voce di Meche
Mary Rice is a charismatic and dynamic mezzo-soprano, known for her "warm tone", "elegant interpretation" (BroadwayWorld), and "polished vocalism" (Voce di Meche).
Her 2021/22 season featured her principle debut with City Lyric Opera as the Queen of Hearts in the American premiere of Elizabeth Raum's The Garden of Alice. She performed Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel and Prinz Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus with Berlin Opernfest, and joined Opera Fayetteville's production of Matthew Aucoin's Second Nature as the Elder Constance cover. She was featured in concert with both the 2021 and 2022 seasons of the Rome Chamber Music Festival in Rome Italy, performing Bernstein's Arias and Barcarolles at the Auditorium Conciliazione and a program of American songs at the Teatro Argentina, and the Brahms Zwei Gesänge and other Lieder in concert with Lune di Fiori in Rome. She performed as a soloist in the City Lyric Opera Spring 2022 gala, the 5th Annual Recital for Refugees at Opera America, and made her debut with the Moab Music Festival in Salt Lake City.
In the 2022/23 season, she will perform the Rachmaninov All Night Vigil and Monteverdi's Vespro de la Beata Vergine with Music At Co-Cath, the David Geffen Hall Opening Galas The Journey and The Joy, and The March to Liberation with the New York Philharmonic, and joins Ars Musica as an Encore Young Artist and the alto soloist in Mozart Requiem, Handel Messiah, and a concert of Brahms Lieder. She will appear as the Alto Soloist in Mozart's Coronation Mass with the Brooklyn Chamber Orchestra, alto soloist in Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the Choral Arts Society of New Jersey, and in recital with Liz Kiger (violin) and the Brooklyn Telemann Chamber Society at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, premiering new works and songs from Along the Field by Ralph Vaughan Williams.
Her oratorio and concert credits include alto soloist in the Vivaldi Gloria with NYUO2; Mozart Requiem, Handel Messiah, and Purcell Magnificat in concert with Tenafly Atonement; Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture at Carnegie Hall, and the world premiere of Talking City and New York premiere of 6 Encounters of Mistrust and Coffee for mezzo, cello, and harp with Dynamic Music Festival.
A versatile crossover actress, her stage and musical theatre work includes Puck in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macduff in Macbeth, a dancer in the Hot Box corps in Guys and Dolls, and concerts at Symphony Space including Broadway Premieres, Wall-to-Wall Stephen Schwartz, and the Lifetime Achievement Gala at El Capitale for Broadway producer Hal Prince.
She can be found offering adventures, insight, and Q&A's about classical music to her combined audience of 75,000 followers on Instagram and TikTok @coloratura_runs