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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 marathon and ultramarathon finishes.


This season, she will appear as the mezzo soloist in Bernstein's Arias and Barcarolles with the Rome Chamber Music Festival in Auditorium della Conciliazione in Rome in November. In December, she will return to the 5th Annual Recital for Refugees, which to-date has raised over $13,000 for the International Rescue Committee. Next spring she will appear in the New York premiere of Elizabeth Raum's The Garden of Alice with City Lyric Opera and compete in the finals concert of the 2020 Mary Trueman Art Song Preservation Society Art Song Competition.


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, Bob the Saw in The Threepenny Opera with City Lyric Opera, a soloist in 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.


Her other American operatic credits include the role of Mary Buccelli in the New York premiere of The Triangle Fire with the Puffin Foundation, L’Elisir d’Amore with City Lyric Opera, Un ballo in Maschera with Amore Opera, and Hot Mama with Heartbeat Opera.


She made her European debut in 2018, performing the title role in L’enfant et les sortiléges with Trentino Music Festivalr. In 2019 she joined the Indemini Festival in Ticino, Switzerland, performing selections from the American and British songbooks, Der Rosenkavalier, and Il barbiere di Siviglia.


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 manager for City Lyric Opera and teaches voice in New York City.