Mezzo-soprano Laura Brooks Rice has won acclaim on the opera and concert stage for her rich, warm voice,
musicality, charm and sensitive acting ability.
From 1985-2019 Miss Rice was on faculty at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey where she
was Professor of Voice. In addition to teaching private voice, she was the creator and director of the
CoOPERAtive Program for 15 years, taught courses in opera: The Singing Actor: Opera and Opera Auditions:
Techniques and Preparation. Along with her teaching at Westminster, Miss Rice has a private studio of
professional singers and has been a vocal consultant to the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Program and is
currently the voice teacher for the Cafritz Program with the Washington Opera as well as the Glynn Studio
with Atlanta Opera. She has been an adjunct voice faculty member at The Curtis Institute of Music, In the
summers of 2012-2019 she was on the faculty of the distinguished program IVAI in Montreal and Virginia and
New York. She has taught at Santa Fe Opera and at the Bel Canto Institute in San Miguel, Mexico.
Her private students are currently singing as regular principal artists at The Metropolitan Opera, Washington
Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Ft. Worth Opera, Dayton Opera, Minnesota Opera,
Nashville Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Mobile Opera, Maggio Musicale, Opera Omaha, Portland
Opera, Knoxville Opera, San Diego Opera, Lake George Opera, Mozarteum in Salzburg, Opera North, Central
City, Atlanta Opera and Aix en Provence and most of the world’s opera houses and orchestras.
Miss Rice has been on the steering committee for the Singer Training Council under the auspices of Opera
America. She has been member of the board of advisors of the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, Astral
Artistic Services as well as the Princeton Festival. She has served as a judge on the panels of the National
NATSAA Competition, Astral Artistic Services Annual Auditions and the Metropolitan Opera National
She is the director of the newly launched Sewanee OperaFest, a four week opera/vocal/chamber music training
program in Sewanee Tennessee and is a part of the Sewanee Summer Music Festival.
In a diverse repertoire, including Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer, Elgar’s Sea
Pictures, Brahm’s Alto Rhapsody and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 Miss Rice has appeared from coast to coast
in the United States in concerts and recitals. In recent seasons, she has appeared with the Atlanta Symphony
Orchestra on several occasions in works including Handel’s Messiah, which she has also performed with
numerous other orchestras nationwide. Miss Rice has performed with the New Jersey Symphony, Bethlehem
Bach Festival and Boulder Bach Festival. She made her Mostly Mozart Festival debut singing the role of
Apollo in Mozart’s Apollo and Hyacinth, has been heard in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with San Francisco,
Atlanta, San Diego and New Jersey Symphonies with conductors, Kurt Masur, Kurt Sanderling, Robert Shaw
and Hugh Wolf.
In the 1992-93 season Miss Rice made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Wowkle in La Fanciulla del
West. Following her debut in 1981 with the San Francisco Opera as Grimgerde in Die Walküre she has
appeared with that company in several productions, performing such roles as Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte,
Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro, Varvara in Katya Kabanova and Suzuki in Madame Butterfly. She has also
performed with the Spoleto Festival (Italy) in Honneger’s King David.
A participant in the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program, she sang numerous performances ad an Adler
Fellow with the San Francisco Opera Center.