Born in Florence of Italian and French parents, soprano Céline Ricci studied in Paris with Ana Maria Miranda continuing her post-graduate studies at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Renowned conductor William Christie selected this gifted artist for his first elite academy, Les Jardin des Voix. She was named one of opera’s promising new talents by Opernwelt. She has subsequently made many appearances under the baton of this conductor and his prestigious Les Arts Florissants and continues to have engagements with them well into the future.
Céline Ricci already has an impressive discography including a number of audio recordings and three DVDs. The recent release of Terradellas’ opera Artaserse, singing the role of Arbace, garnered a great deal of critical acclaim. In her character’s 8-minute aria, Opernwelt singled out Ms Ricci’s exciting performance as being a “tour de force” and was also described as having “faultless breath control, total security and perfect round tone.”
In the early music sphere, Ms Ricci continues to excel with opera performances that include Angelica in Handel’s Orlando, Clitia in Handel’s Teseo, and Handel’s Athalia along with Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Charpentier’s Actéon, Vivaldi’s La Griselda, Handel’s Radamisto, Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans, Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes, A. Scarlatti’s La Giuditta, and many others.
Her collaborating conductors include some very distinguished names: Nicolas McGegan, Hugo Reyne, Friedmann Layer, P. Cohen-Akenine, Enrique Mazzola, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Martin Haselböck, Martin Gester, Timm Rolek and others. She has worked with choreographer Sasha Waltz and director Deborah Warner on a number of projects. Appearances have included such notable theaters and organizations as Le Théâtre des Champs Élysées, The Barbican Centre, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, Wiener Akademie at Vienna’s Musikverein, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Parlement de Musique, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Handel-Göttingen Festival, Akademie für Alte Musik, Opéra de Montpellier, Dresden Philharmonic, Festival d’Ambronay and many more. Touring has taken her to Berlin, London, Brussels, Israel, Barcelona, Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam, Moscow, and St. Petersburg.
She appeared with Les Folies Françoises in their production of Charpentier’s Les Plaisirs de Versailles, filmed for a DVD recording at the Opéra Royal de Versailles. In this ensemble’s European tour, her vocal talents were also highlighted in arias by Rossi and Lully.
Critics hailed Céline Ricci’s U. S. debut in Los Angeles with Musica Angelica. Featured were arias by Handel and Rameau, and was especially memorable for her interpretation of Fraarte from Handel’s Radamisto under the baton of Martin Haselböck. More praise from the Los Angeles Times, “a knockout once more”, for her participation in a multi-media project with actor John Malkovich titled “Seduction and Despair” also for Musica Angelica.
This first solo recording marks is Céline Ricci’s partnership with pianist/collaborator Daniel Lockert. A series of live concerts featuring the music on this recording are a part of her performance schedule.