The English mezzo-soprano, Alice Coote, studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, the Royal Northern College of Music and the National Opera Studio. She gratefully acknowledges the support of the Peter Moores Foundation. She has been awarded the Brigitte Fassbaender Award for Lieder Interpretation and the Decca Kathleen Ferrier Prize.
Alice Coote's concert appearances include repertoire from the Oratorios of J.S. Bach and George Frideric Handel through to the works of Gustav Mahler, Debussy and Benjamin Britten, which she has performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and New York Philharmonic Orchestra under conductors including Kent Nagano, Pešek, Yehudi Menuhin, Pierre Boulez, Mark Elder, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gergiev, Christoph von Dohnányi, William Christie, Nicholas McGegan, Emmanuelle Haïm, Richard Hickox in London, Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Brussels, Madrid, New York and Salzburg. In 2001, she made her debut at the BBC ‘Last Night of the PROMS’.
In recital, Alice Coote and Julius Drake are in demand throughout Europe and the USA. At the BBC Chamber Proms 2003 they performed the world premiere of Judith Weir’s song cycle The Voice of Desire written especially for them. They gave a repeat performance of this piece at the 2007 PROMS. They also regularly appear at London’s Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and at New York’s Lincoln Centre.
Alice Coote’s operatic roles include Gluck's Orfeo, Ariodante, Sesto in Tito, Sesto in Cesare, Ruggiero in Alcina, Composer, Poppea, Penelope, Dorabella, Cherubino, Lucretia, Hansel, Orlando, Orlowsky and Oktavian for opera companies including Royal Opera House Covent Garden, English National Opera, Opera North, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Amsterdam, Paris, Nancy, Nantes, the Met, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, and the Salzburg Festival. Most recently, she gave role debuts as Carmen for English National Opera, Nerone in L’incoronazione di Poppea for Glyndebourne, Idamante in Idomeneo in San Francisco and appeared as Hansel at the Met.
Upcoming opera engagements include Charlotte in Werther and Marguerite in Damnation de Faust in Frankfurt, Maffio Orsini/Lucrezia Borgia in Munich, Oktavian in Der Rosenkavalier for the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hansel in Hänsel und Gretel at Covent Garden.
Alice Coote’s recordings have included William Walton’s Gloria (Chandos), The Choice of Hercules (Hyperion), Orfeo (Virgin Classics) and a highly acclaimed recital disc of Robert Schumann and G. Mahler for EMI with Julius Drake.