Mezzo-Soprano Céline Ricci, born in Florence of Italian and French parents, studied in Paris and continued her post-graduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Selected by renowned conductor William Christie for his academy, Le Jardin des Voix, she was named one of operas promising new talents in 2005 by Opernwelt.
She has performed with many distinguished conductors including Nicolas McGegan, William Christie, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Martin Haselbock, Martin Gester, Matthew Dirst, Jory Vinikour, Christopher Moulds Attilio Cremonesi, among others. In addition, she has worked with choreographer Sasha Waltz and director Deborah Warner on a number of projects. Her touring has taken her to New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, London, Brussels, Israel, and Barcelona, Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam, Moscow, and St. Petersburg.
Ms. Ricci has an impressive discography that includes a number of audio recordings and two DVDs. She sang the role of Arbace in a recording of Terradellas’ Artaserse, which garnered a great deal of critical acclaim. Her first solo CD, Cirque, soon followed by Le Bestiaire, were released on the Sono Luminus music label.
-A. Scarlatti: La Giuditta, with Le Parlement de Musique, label Ambronay.
-Martin y Soler: Ifigenia, with RCOC, label K617, distribution Harmonia Mundi.
-Mazzoni: Aminta, with RCOC, label K617, distribution Harmonia Mundi.
-Terradellas: Artaserse, with RCOC, label K617, distribution Harmonia Mundi.
-Rameau: : La Naissance d’Osiris, with La simphomie du Marais, label Accord.
-Rebel: Ulysse, with La Simphonie du Marais, label Accord.
-Musiques pour le Mariage de Louis XIV, with La Simphonie du Marais, label Accord.
-Cirque, piano and voice, label Sono Luminus.
-Le Bestiaire, piano and voice, label Sono Luminus.
-D. Scarlatti: Pur nel Sonno almen Talora, with Ars Lyrica, label Sono Luminus.
-Handel: Teseo, with Philharmonia Baroque, label Harmonia Mundi.
-What Artemisia heard: El Mundo, label Sono Luminus.
-Steffani: O Barbaro Amore, with Great Lakes Baroque, label Musica Omnia.
-Charpentier: Les Plaisirs de Versailles, with Les Folies Françaises, label Armide.
-Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, with Akademie für Alte Musik, label Arthaus Music.
-Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, with Les Arts FLorissants, label FRA
"outstanding vocal power and stage presence..."
-Boston Classical Rev
"brought deft comedy and vocal complexity..."
- NY Times
- BBC Music Magazine
"a knockout once more "
"une transcendante virtuosité "