Born in Florence of Italian and French parents, mezzo soprano Céline Ricci first 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 opera's promising new talents in 2005 by Opernwelt. Highlights of recent engagements include concerts with Ballo Baroque Ensemble, Early Music Festival & Workshop, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, El Mundo, The Bach Sinfonia, and Les Arts Florissants, as well as a recital with Ars Lyrica Houston. She has worked with such notable conductors as Nicolas McGegan, William Christie, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Martin Haselbock, Martin Gester, Matthew Dirst, and Attilio Cremonesi, among others. On the operatic stage she has joined Alte Musik, Bayerische Staatsoper, Sydney Festival, and Les Arts Florissants at the Opéra Comique. Her impressive discography includes her first solo recording, Cirque, soon followed by Le Bestiaire (Sono Luminus).