Paul F. Rice completed undergraduate work at McMaster University, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in musicology at the University of Victoria. His research interests include the operatic and concert music of eighteenth-century France and England, as well as opera in general. Of particular current interest is the music of the singer/composer/concert director, Venanzio Rauzzini (1746-1810). In addition to journal articles, Rice is the author of four books: British Music and the French Revolution (2010), The Fontainebleau Operas for the Court of Louis XV of France by Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764) (2004), The Solo Cantata in Eighteenth-Century Britain: A Thematic Catalog (2003), and The Performing Arts at Fontainebleau from Louis XIV to Louis XVI (1989). Editions of scores include An Edited Collection of the Theatre Music of John Abraham Fisher (1996), three of Fisher's six duets for two violins (1999) and editions of Fisher's six published symphonies (2001). Orchestral suites drawn from unpublished operas by Rameau have been used for commercial recordings on the Naxos label. Other recordings of his editions of music by Thomas A. Arne, Venanzio Rauzzini and other eighteenth-century British composers have been released on the Dorian and Centaur labels. He has been awarded three major research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
In 1998, Rice was a plenary speaker for the Canadian Society for Eighteenth-century Studies, and he has given numerous conference papers for that society, the Canadian University Music Society, and the International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. In addition, he has been a frequent broadcaster with CBC radio, and was often heard in the intermission features of the Saturday Afternoon at the Opera programmes on Radio 2.
Selected List of Publications
Venanzio Rauzzini in Britain: Castrato, Composer and Cultural Leader. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2015.
British Music and the French Revolution. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2010.
Théâtre de Cour: Les Spectacles à Fontainebleau au XVIIIe siècle. Ed. Vincent Droguet and Marc-Henri Jordan. Paris: Réunion des musées nationaux, 2005. [Exhibition catalogue prepared for the Musée national du château de Fontainebleau, 18 October 2005 - 23 January 2006]: “Musique à Fontainebleau: 1750-86,” “Jeanne-Antoinette Le Normant d’Etioles, marquise de Pompadour,” “J.-J. Cassanéa de Mondonville,” “Grétry, A.-E-M.,” “Rameau, J.-P.,” “ Legros, J.,” “Fel, M.,” “Philidor, F.D.,” “Jelyotte, P.,” “Rousseau, J.-J.,” “Plan de l’orchestre du théâtre de Fontainebleau,” “Voyage de 1752,” “Voyage de 1754,” “Voyage de 1762,” “Voyage de 1763,” “Voyage de 1765,” “Voyage de 1769,” “Voyage de 1771,” “Voyage de 1783,” “Voyage de 1785,” “Voyage de 1786.”
Fontainebleau Operas for the Court of Louis XV of France by Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764). Lewiston, NY : Edwin Mellen Press, 2004.
The Solo Cantata in Eighteenth-Century Britain: A Thematic Catalog. Warren, MI: Harmonie Park Press, 2003.
The Performing Arts at Fontainebleau from Louis XIV to Louis XVI. Ann Arbor, MI: UMI Research Press, 1989
Editions of Music:
John Abraham Fisher: Symphony No. 1 in E major; John Abraham Fisher: Symphony No. 2 in D major; John Abraham Fisher: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major; John Abraham Fisher: Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major; John Abraham Fisher: Symphony No. 5 in D major; John Abraham Fisher: Symphony No. 6 in C major. Wellington: Artaria Editions, AE 281 - AE 281, 2001 [six full scores and performing parts].
John Abraham Fisher: Six Duettos for Two Violins: Numbers 1-3. Edited and with a Preface by Paul F. Rice. St. John's: Memorial University, 1998. ISBN 0-88901-350-0. [full score and 2 performing parts]
Theatre Music of John Abraham Fisher. Studies in the History and Interpretation of Music, No. 48. Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press, 1996. ISBN 0-7734-8865-0 (xxx + 198 pages)
CD Recordings and Liner Notes
“Venanzio Rauzzini: Master of Music in Jane Austen’s Bath” Centaur label, CRC 3276 .
“Thomas A. Arne” Overtures and Cantatas” Centaur Records, CRC 3072 .
“Great Britain Triumphant” (Music Thomas Shaw, Stephen Storace, Thomas Attwood, James Hook, William Shield, and Luffman Atterbury) Centaur Records, CRC 3073 .
“Solo Cantatas by Thomas A. Arne” (co-edited with Dr. Mary Térey-Smith) Centaur Records CRC 2815 .
“Syrens, Enchanters and Fairies” Dorian Recordings DOR - 93251 
“Rameau: Anacréon; Daphnis et Églé (Orchetral Suites) Naxos 8. 553388 
“Rameau: La Naissance d’Osiris (Suite for Orchestra) Naxos 8. 553746 
Additional Liner Notes:
“Beethoven: Complete Sonatas for Violin and Piano” Duo Concertante, Marquis 774718151728
“Of Heart and Homeland” Duo Concertante (music by Janácek, de Falla, Shostakovich, Parker, Smetana, Dvorák and Piazzolla), ATMA ALCD 2 1025.
“À Deux, Duo Concertante” (music by Beethoven, Ravel, Stravinsky and Brahms), ATMA ACD 2 2185.
“Pillaging Pope: Recycling old Poetry for new Cantata Texts,” Notes and Queries (March 2007):
“Social Class and the Role of the English Composer in Eighteenth-Century London: John Abraham Fisher (1744-1806)” Transatlantic Crossings: Eighteenth-Century Explorations, ed. Donald W. Nichol, with Adam Beardsworth and Katrina Thorarinson. St. John’s: Department of English Language & Literature, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2006: 107-114; invited paper.
“Vocal Music in Eighteenth-century Bath from the Pens of Thomas Linley Senior (1733-95) and Junior (1756-78),” Sharing the Voices: The Phenomenon of Singing, ed. Ki Adams and Leon Chisolm. St. John's: Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2005: 130-35.
“Eighteenth-century British Patriotic and Political Cantatas.” Sharing the Voices: The Phenomenon of Singing. St. John's: Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2002: 185-94.
“Fisher, John Abraham,” and “Fontainebleau”, commissioned articles for the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2d. ed. Stanley Sadie, editor.
“Teaching Undergraduate Research Methodology,” CAML Newsletter 28/iii (December 2000): 14-18.
“Musical Nationalism and the Vauxhall Gardens,” Lumen XIX (2000): 69-88.
“The Solo Secular Cantatas of Thomas A. Arne,” Sharing the Voices: The Phenomenon of Singing, Ed. Brian A. Roberts. St. John's: Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2000: 196-205.
“Platée: Ballet bouffon. . .” (ed. Elizabeth Bartlet), Opera Omnia Rameau, IV/10, Journal of the American Musicological Society. 60/3 (Fall 2007): 661-66.
Michal Grover-Friedlander. Vocal Apparitions, Princeton University Press, 2005. CAML Review. 34/1 (April 2006): 45-47.
Medelssohn’s Der Onkle aus Boston, Rossini’s Tancredi and Beck’s Six Symphonies, Op. 1. Fanfare. 29/2 (November/December 2005): pp. 125-26, 219-20, 353-54.
Susan Vandiver Nicassio. Tosca's Rome: The Play and the Opera in Historical Perspective. (Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1999). Canadian Journal of History (August 2001): 354-56.
Penelope Gouk. Music, Science and Natural Magic in Seventeenth-Century England. (Yale University Press, 1999). Canadian Journal of History (April 2001): 133-5.
Ezra Schabus and Carl Morey. Opera Viva: The Canadian Opera Company: The First Fifty Years. (Dundern Press, 2000). CAML Review 29/1 (April 2001): 47-8.
David Kimbell. Italian Opera. National Traditions of Opera, no. 2. (CUP, 1994). Canadian University Music Review 17/2 (1997): 112-15.