ABOUT

"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

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Mary Rice is a charismatic and dynamic mezzo-soprano, known for her "warm tone", "elegant interpretation" (BroadwayWorld), and "polished vocalism" (Voce di Meche).

In the 2021/22 season, she will appear as a soloist with the Rome Chamber Music Festival at the Auditorium Conciliazione in Rome, Italy, followed by the 5th Annual Recital for Refugees at the National Opera Center in New York to benefit the International Rescue Committee. Her spring 2022 engagements include the City Lyric Opera Spring Gala, concert with her hometown Moab Muic Festival at the Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake, the cover of Elder Constance in Second Nature at Opera Fayetteville, the cover of the Queen of Hearts in the New York premiere of Elizabeth' Raum's The Garden of Alice with City Lyric Opera, and a chamber recital with the Brooklyn Telemann Chamber Society. Her summer 2022 season features her return to the Rome Chamber Music Festival in a concert of American song with Michael Barrett, followed by a performance of Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel with the Berlin Opera Academy Opernfest, where she will also be preparing and covering Count Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus.

 

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In the 2020-2021 season, her roles included Nerone in L’incoronazione di Poppea with both the Brooklyn Telemann Chamber Society and KillerQueen Opera, Voice of the Water in the world premiere preview of Lori Laitman’s Uncovered with City Lyric Opera, the 4th annual Recital for Refugees, and Miniatures for One in collaboration with Matthew Kennedy. She was the 2020 Lyra New York Mozart Vocal Competition runner-up.

 

A graduate of the New York University Steinhardt School (BM ’17, MM’19, Adv.Cert ’19), Rice was awarded Outstanding Achievement in Classical Voice in 2017 and again in 2019, the Founder’s Day Award, and special recognition for Outstanding Contributions to Vocal Pedagogy. At NYU, her operatic roles include the title role in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel and Pauline Viardot’s Cendrillon; Cherubino in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Edith in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, Mrs. Nolan in Menotti’s The Medium, Jean in Massenet’s Le portrait de Manon, Sally in Barber’s A Hand of Bridge, and Soeur St. Charles in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, and she was selected from among her peers to perform in masterclass with Eric Einhorn and The Mirror Visions Ensemble. Other NYU credits include The Rake’s Progress, Massenet's Cendrillon, and The Student Prince.

 

She made her European debut in 2018, performing the title role in L’enfant et les sortiléges with Trentino Music Festival. In 2019 she joined the Indemini Festival in Ticino, Switzerland.

 

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 serves at the development director for City Lyric Opera and can be found offering adventures, insight, and judgement-free Q&A's about classical music to her combined audience of 21,000 followers on Instagram and TikTok @coloratura_runs

Her additional creative work can be found at Mary Rice Photography and Coloratura_Arts