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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 Elektra and Turandot. In the 2017/18 Season she sings Ortrud (Lohengrin).

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 Brünnhilde (Der Ring des Nibelungen), Leonore (Fidelio), Princess Eboli (Don Carlo), Ortrud (Lohengrin), Kundry (Parsifal), Elektra and Dyer’s Wife (Die Frau ohne Schatten), which she has sung for such companies as the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Houston Grand Opera, Teatro Real, Madrid, and Deutsche Oper Berlin.

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 awards include the 2017 Opera News Award, the 2015 Musical America Vocalist of the Year Award, the 2001 Richard Tucker Award and two Grammy Awards.

News and features

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24 September 2013
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Photos

Christine Goerke as Turandot and Aleksandrs Antonenko as Calaf in Turandot, The Royal Opera

Christine Goerke as Turandot and Aleksandrs Antonenko as Calaf in Turandot, The Royal Opera

Robin Leggate as Emperor Altoum and Christine Goerke as Turandot in Turandot, The Royal Opera

Jennifer Davis as Elsa von Brabant, Christine Goerke as Ortrud in Lohengrin, The Royal Opera

Christine Goerke as Ortrud and Thomas J. Mayer as Friedrich von Telramund in Lohengrin, The Royal Opera

Christine Goerke as Ortrud in Lohengrin, The Royal Opera

Michaela Schuster as Klytemnestra and Christine Goerke as Elektra in Elektra

Christine Goerke

Aleksandrs Antonenko as Calaf and Christine Goerke as Turandot in Turandot, The Royal Opera

Christine Goerke as Ortrud, Jennifer Davis as Elsa von Brabant and Klaus Florian Vogt as Lohengrin in Lohengrin, The Royal Opera

Jennifer Davis as Elsa von Brabant, Christine Goerke as Ortrud in Lohengrin, The Royal Opera

Christine Goerke as Ortrud, Thomas J. Mayer as Friedrich von Telramund, Georg Zeppenfeld as King Heinrich, Jennifer Davis as Elsa von Brabant, Kostas Smoriginas as Herald in Lohengrin, The Royal Opera

John Daszak as Aegisth and Christine Goerke as Elektra in Elektra

Christine Goerke as Elektra and Adrianne Pieczonka as Chrysothemis in Elektra

Christine Goerke as Elektra in Elektra

Christine Goerke in Elektra

Christine Goerke as Turandot and Aleksandrs Antonenko as Calaf in Turandot, The Royal Opera

Christine Goerke

Christine Goerke as Ortrud in Lohengrin, The Royal Opera

Christine Goerke as Ortrud and Jennifer Davis as Elsa von Brabant in Lohengrin, The Royal Opera

Thomas J Mayer, Jennifer Davis and Christine Goerke in rehearsal for Lohengrin, The Royal Opera

Christine Goerke in rehearsal for Lohengrin, The Royal Opera

Christine Goerke as Elektra in Elektra

Christine Goerke and Thomas J Mayer and chorus in rehearsal for Lohengrin, The Royal Opera

Christine Goerke in rehearsal for Lohengrin, The Royal Opera

Christine Goerke as Turandot and Aleksandrs Antonenko as Calaf in Turandot, The Royal Opera

Robin Leggate as Emperor Altoum, Christine Goerke as Turandot and Aleksandrs Antonenko Calaf in Turandot, The Royal Opera

Christine Goerke as Elektra and Adrianne Pieczonka as Chrysothemis in Elektra

Christine Goerke as Elektra in Elektra