Alan Rice

Alan Rice (1979-82)

[Born Banbury, Oxfordshire 1952, died London 11 Nov 1998]

Baritone Alan Rice studied at Welsh College of Music and Drama, and continued his training at the English National Opera. He joined the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in January 1979 and remained with the Company until its closure in February 1982. He was a chorister and understudy who appeared on occasion as Doctor Daly in The Sorcerer, Bill Bobstay and Captain Corcoran in H.M.S. Pinafore, Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance, Strephon in Iolanthe, Pish-Tush in The Mikado, Sir Roderick Murgatroyd in Ruddigore, and Second Yeoman in The Yeomen of the Guard.

Rice later traveled the world, appearing in Japan in South Pacific and in Vienna in Robin Hood. In 1985 he was involved in the Mikado Centenary celebration at the Savoy and appeared as Bill Bobstay in an adaptation of H.M.S. Pinafore at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin. Rice went on to appear with New Sadler's Wells Opera (Mikado, 1986), Wexford Festival Opera, and Cork City Opera. He also appeared in the musicals Chess, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Phantom of the Opera, and Return to the Forbidden Planet, and on television in "Dempsey and Makepeace" and "Blott on the Landscape."

He was married for a time to D'Oyly Carte chorister Alexandra Hann.

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