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 and is an internationally recognized vocal pedagogue.
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 the Cafritz Program with the Washington Opera. Currently she is a voice teacher for the Glynn Studio with Atlanta
Opera, voice teacher for Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal and is an artistic advisor for Chattanooga Symphony and 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
"Laura Brooks Rice has been a constant companion of support, not just with vocal issues, but with repertory choices, musical information, and most importantly, life in general. I would not be where I am today as a singer without her help."
- Matthew Polenzani | Internationally renowned operatic tenor
Miss Rice has a proven track record as a master voice teacher, with her private students currently singing as regular principal artists at The Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, La Scala, Covent Garden, Berlin, Munich, Teatro Real, Sarasota Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Ft. Worth Opera, Dayton Opera, Minnesota Opera, Nashville Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Mobile Opera, Maggio Musicale, Opera Omaha, Portland Opera, Knoxville Opera, San Diego Opera, Opera Saratoga, Mozarteum in Salzburg, Opera North, Central City, Atlanta Opera and Aix en Provence and many more.
Laura was the principal voice teacher at the Cafritz Program with the Washington National Opera for eight years. She has also served as a master teacher to the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Program as well as IVAI (New York, Montreal, Blacksburg) and San Miguel, Mexico
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 Astral Artistic Services as well as the Princeton Festival. She has served as a judge for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and on the panels of the National NATSAA Competition and Astral Artistic Services Annual Auditions.