Christine Brandes

Biography

Born: Canton, OH  
In the late '90s, Christine Brandes began establishing herself as a leading American soprano in the field of period (or "authentic") Baroque and Classical singing. She attended Ohio State University in Columbus, where she was told she would never have a career as a singer. At least four international record companies, several opera companies, and leading period-instrument organizations obviously disagree.

She has sung with
Read more Nicholas McGegan and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and the Arcadian Academy, William Christie and Les Arts Florissants, Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques, Christopher Hogwood and the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston, Andrew Parrott and the Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Tafelmusik, the Newberry Consort, and the Orchestra of St. Luke's. Favorite items in her repertory are Bach's Cantata, BWV 51 and Vivaldi's Laudate Pueri RV 601.

On the operatic stage, she has appeared in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas; Handel's L'Allegro, Il Penseroso e Moderato; Rameau's Platée; Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice; Mozart's The Magic Flute (as Pamina) and The Marriage of Figaro (as Susanna). She has been adding new and twentieth-century music to her repertory, singing song cycles by Libbie Larson and Eric Moe, and premiering music of Augusta Read Thomas. She has participated in a project devoted to the music of seventeenth-century Italian composer Barbara Strozzi.

Brandes is in demand on the international festival scene, appearing at the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Berkeley Early Music Festival, the Boston Early Music Festival, Tanglewood, Ravinia, the Hong Kong Arts Festival, and the Edinburgh Festival.

Her New York recital debut was in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Introductions series. She has recorded for Harmonia Mundi USA, BMG, Koch International, and Dorian. She has moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. Read less

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Biography

Born: Canton, OH  
In the late '90s, Christine Brandes began establishing herself as a leading American soprano in the field of period (or "authentic") Baroque and Classical singing. She attended Ohio State University in Columbus, where she was told she would never have a career as a singer. At least four international record companies, several opera companies, and leading period-instrument organizations obviously disagree.

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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
No. 1. majestic, clangorous
No. 2. andante, teneramente
No. 3. -
No. 4. -
No. 5. raucous
No. 6. -
No. 7. -
No. 8. misterioso
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 1.L'allegro - Accompagnato : Hence loathed Melancholy
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 2. Il penseroso - Accompagnato: Hence vain deluding joyes
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 3. L'allegro - Air: Come, thou goddess fair and free
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 4a. Il penseroso - Air: Come rather Goddess sage and holy
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 5. L'allegro - Air & Chorus: Haste thee, nymph
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 6. Air & chorus: Come, and trip it as you go
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 7. Il penseroso - Accompagnato: Come, pensive nun, devout and pure
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 8. Arioso: Come, but keep thy wonted state
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 9. Accompagnato & chorus: There held in holy passion still
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 10. L'allegro - Recitative: Hence, loathed Melancholy - & Air: Mirth, admit me of they crew
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 11. Il penseroso - Accompagnato: First, and chief, on golden wing
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 12. Air: Sweet bird, that shun'st the noise of folly
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 13. L'allegro - Recitative: If I give thee hounour due - & Air: Mirth, admit me of thy crew
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 14.Il pensero - Air: Oft on a plat of rising ground
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 15. Air: Far from all resort of Mirth
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 16. L'allegro - Recitative: If I give thee hounour due - & Air: Let me wander, not unseen
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 17. Air: Straight mine eye hath caught new pleasures
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 18. Accompagnato: Mountains, on whose barren breast
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 19a. Air & chorus: Or let the merry bells ring round
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), III. Il Moderato: 39. Duet: As steals the morn upon the night
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), III. Il Moderato: 40. Chorus: Thy pleasures, Moderation, give
Overture
Act I: Shake the cloud from off your brow - Banish sorrow
Act I: Ah! Belinda
Act I: Grief increases by concealing - When monarchs unite
Act I: Fear no danger to ensue
Act I: See, your Royal Guest appears - Cupid only throws
Act I: Pursue thy conquest, Love
Act I: To the hills and the vales - The Triumphing Dance
Act II: Prelude - Wayward sisters - Harm's our delight
Act II: Ruin'd ere the set of sun?
Act II: But ere we this perform
Act II: In our deep vaulted cell - Echo Dance of Furies
Act II: Ritornelle
Act II: Thanks to these lonesome vales
Act II: Oft she visits this lov'd mountain
Act II: Behold, upon my bending spear
Act II: Haste, haste to town
Act II: Stay, Prince - Jove's commands
Act II: Ritornelle
Act III: Prelude - Come away, fellow sailors
Act III: The Sailor's Dance
Act III: See the flags
Act III: Our next Motion - Destruction's our delight
Act III: The Witches' Dance
Act III: Your counsel all is urged in vain
Act III: Great minds against themselves conspire
Act III: With drooping wings ye Cupids Come
Act III, Thy hand, Belinda / When I am laid in earth (Dido)


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