British mezzo-soprano Alice Coote makes her COC debut as The Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos. Ms Coote has performed numerous roles including Poppea, Carmen, Charlotte, Orlando, Lucretia, Marguerite, Penelope, Octavian, Composer, Orfeo, Idamante, Nerone, Hansel, Sesto/Cesare, Sesto/Tito, Maffio Orsini, Ruggiero and Ariodante. She has performed with Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, English National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden (ROH), Opéra national de Paris, Netherlands Opera, Munich Opera, Salzburg Opera Festival, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Metropolitan Opera as well as the opera companies of Seattle, Los Angeles and San Francisco. In concert Ms Coote is acclaimed for her interpretations of Mahler, Berlioz, Mozart, Handel and Bach with orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and Concertgebouw. She recently made her Lyric Opera of Chicago debut as Dejanira in Hercules. Forthcoming seasons introduce Prince Charming in Cendrillon at ROH and the title role in La Favorita at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées to her repertoire. Ms Coote’s recordings include songs by Robert Schumann and Gustav Mahler, Handel’s Messiah and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (EMI), Angel/Dream of Gerontius (Halle), Composer/Ariadne auf Naxos (Chandos), Orfeo (Virgin Classics), Choice of Hercules (Hyperion), Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody (Tudor), and on DVD: Messiah/Handel (EMI), Hansel/Hansel and Gretel (EMI), Nerone/Poppea (Decca), and Maffio Orsini/Lucrezia Borgia (Medici Arts).