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Christine Goerke

Soprano

Biography

Christine Goerke in action.
Christine Goerke in Elektra © ROH/Clive Barda, 2013

American soprano Christine Goerke made her Royal Opera debut in 2002 as Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) and has since returned to sing the title role in Elektra for The Royal Opera.

Goerke grew up on Long Island and was a member of the Metropolitan Opera, New York’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program 1994–7. She began her career specializing in Mozart and Handel and shifted to more dramatic repertory in 2005, making her La Scala, Milan, debut as Ariadne in 2006. Her roles include Leonore (Fidelio), Princess Eboli (Don Carlo), Ortrud (Lohengrin), Kundry (Parsifal), Alice Ford (Falstaff), Chrysothemis and Elektra (Elektra) and Dyer’s Wife (Die Frau ohne Schatten), which she has sung for such companies as the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro Real, Madrid, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Deutsche Oper Berlin and the opera companies of Houston, Santiago and Turin. She has also sung Brünnhilde (Die Walküre) with New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

Goerke has also sung with many leading orchestras in the USA, including the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra, and with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Her concert repertory includes Britten’s War Requiem and Poulenc and Szymanowski’s settings of the Stabat Mater. Her awards include the 2001 Richard Tucker Award.

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