Christine Brewer

Biography

Born: October 26, 1955; Springfield, IL  
American singer Christine Brewer is one of the leading sopranos of her generation. With the dawn of the new century, her career has enjoyed numerous major successes, among them her triumphant debut at the Metropolitan Opera on April 9, 2003, in the role of Ariadne in Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos and with her appearance in several important recordings, including William Bolcom's Songs of Innocence and Experience on Naxos (2004), Barber's Read more Vanessa on Chandos (2004), the highly praised English-language version of Fidelio on Chandos (2005) where she sang Leonora, and Strauss' Four Last Songs coupled with Wagner's "Liebestod" from Tristan und Isolde on Telarc (2006).

Brewer was born in Springfield, IL, on October 26, 1955. Her music studies were at McKendree College in Lebanon, IL, from where she graduated with honors (B.A., music performance) in 1976. Her list of vocal teachers over the years has been impressive: Glenn Freiner, A. Stephen Smith, Edmund LeRoy, and Birgit Nilsson. While Brewer achieved much success in the 1990s and first decade of the new century, she continued vocal studies with Christine Armistead at St. Louis' Washington University.

One of Brewer's first important breakthroughs came in 1989 when she was chosen a National Council Winner by the Metropolitan Opera. Thereafter, appearances on the more prestigious of the world's opera and recital stages became more frequent for her. Her first important recordings began to appear in the 1990s, among them Grand & Glorious: Great Operatic Choruses, with conductor Robert Shaw, on Telarc (1994), and Don Giovanni, with Charles Mackerras conducting, also on Telarc (1996).

By the early 2000s she was in great demand, having already appeared in concert with such conductors as Michael Tilson Thomas, Lorin Maazel, Leonard Slatkin, Kurt Masur, and Sir Simon Rattle (with whom she recorded the Mahler Eighth Symphony in 2005 for EMI). Also, she had become a veteran of the operatic stage, with appearances at such diverse locations as Covent Garden, Opera de Lyon, the New York City Opera, and of course, the aforementioned Metropolitan Opera.

Her schedule has included a mixture of challenging events, with recitals at London's Wigmore Hall, where she has appeared numerous times, and at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. In the realm of opera, she was slated to sing the role of Isolde in Wagner's Tristan und Isolde at the San Francisco Opera, Donald Runnicles conducting. Read less
Barber: Vanessa / Slatkin, Graham, Brewer, Et Al
Release Date: 11/09/2004   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 5032   Number of Discs: 2
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Opera In English - Beethoven: Fidelio / Parry, Brewer, Et Al
Release Date: 06/21/2005   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 3123   Number of Discs: 2
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Marx: Orchestral Songs & Choral Works / Belohlávek, Brewer
Release Date: 01/27/2009   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10505   Number of Discs: 1
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Great Operatic Arias - Christine Brewer, Vol 2 / Parry, London PO
Release Date: 03/31/2009   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 3159   Number of Discs: 1
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Opera In English - Strauss: Ariadne On Naxos / Armstrong, Brewer, Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Release Date: 09/28/2010   Label: Chandos  
Catalog:  3168   Number of Discs: 2
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Biography

Born: October 26, 1955; Springfield, IL  
American singer Christine Brewer is one of the leading sopranos of her generation. With the dawn of the new century, her career has enjoyed numerous major successes, among them her triumphant debut at the Metropolitan Opera on April 9, 2003, in the role of Ariadne in Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos and with her appearance in several important recordings, including William Bolcom's Songs of Innocence and Experience on Naxos (2004), Barber's Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Part I, Veni, creator spiritus: Veni, creator spiritus -
Part I, Veni, creator spiritus: Imple superna gratia -
Part I, Veni, creator spiritus: Infirma nostri corporis -
Part I, Veni, creator spiritus: Accende lumen sensibus -
Part I, Veni, creator spiritus: Veni, creator spiritus -
Part I, Veni, creator spiritus: Gloria sit Patri Domino
Part II, Final Scene from Faust: Poco adagio -
Part II, Final Scene from Faust: Ewiger Wonnebrand -
Part II, Final Scene from Faust: Wie Felsenabgrund mir zu Fussen -
Part II, Final Scene from Faust: Gerettet ist das edle Glied -
Part II, Final Scene from Faust: Uns bleibt ein Erdenrest - Hier ist die Aussicht frei -
Part II, Final Scene from Faust: Hochste Herrscherin der Welt! -
Part II, Final Scene from Faust: Dir, der Unberuhrbaren -
Part II, Final Scene from Faust: Bei der Liebe, die den Fussen -
Part II, Final Scene from Faust: Neige, neige, du Ohnegleiche -
Part II, Final Scene from Faust: Komm! Hebe dich -
Part II, Final Scene from Faust: Blicket auf zum Retterblick -
Part II, Final Scene from Faust: Alles Vergangliche ist nur ein Gleichnis
Der Freischütz: Overture
Der Freischütz, Act I: Introduction - "Victoria!"
Der Freischütz, Act I: Terzett mit Chor - "O! diese Sonne"
Der Freischütz, Act I: Scene, Walzer und Arie - "Nein! Langer trag' ich nicht die Qualen"
Der Freischütz, Act I: Lied - "Hier im ird'schen Jammerthal"
Der Freischütz, Act I: Arie - "Schweig'!"
Der Freischütz, Act II: Duett - "Schelm! halt fest!"
Der Freischütz, Act II: Ariette - "Kommt ein schlanker Bursch gegangen"
Der Freischütz, Act II: Scene und Arie - "Wie nahte mir der Schlummer"
Der Freischütz, Act II: Terzett - "Wie? Was? Entsetzen!"
Der Freischütz, Act II: Finale - "Die Wolfsschlucht"
Der Freischütz, Act III: Entre-Acte
Der Freischütz, Act III: Cavatine - "Und ob die Wolke sie verhulle"
Der Freischütz, Act III: Romanze und Arie - "Einst traumte meiner sel'gen Base"
Der Freischütz, Act III: Volkslied - "Wir winden dir den Jungfernkranz"
Der Freischütz, Act III: Jagerchor - "Was gleicht wohl auf Erden"
Der Freischütz, Act III: Finale - "Schaut, o schaut!"
The Prologue: Orchestral Introduction
The Prologue: My good Major-Domo (Music Master, Major-Domo)
The Prologue: This dressing room is given to mam'zelle Zerbinetta (Footman, Officer, Composer, Tenor, Wigmaker, Zerbinetta, Prima Donna, Music Master, Dancing Master)
The Prologue: I can show them the secrets of the universe (Composer, Music Master)
The Prologue: Fellow actors, dearest of friends' (Zerbinetta, Composer, Music Master, Prima Donna, Dancing Master)
The Prologue: The company's rising from table (Footman, Music Master, Major-Domo, Prima Donna, Dancing Master, Tenor, Zerbinetta, Composer)
The Prologue: I'm staggered - how unexpected! (Music Master, Composer, Dancing Master, Tenor, Prima Donna, Zerbinetta)
The Prologue: She takes him for the God of Death (Composer, Zerbinetta)
The Prologue: A moment means nothing (Zerbinetta, Composer)
The Prologue: The stage awaits you (Music Master, Prima Donna, Composer)
The Opera: Overture
The Opera: Sleeping? (Naiad, Dryad, Echo)
The Opera: Ah! (Ariadne, Echo, Harlequin, Zerbinetta, Truffaldino)
The Opera: A golden time was Theseus-Ariadne (Ariadne, Naiad, Dryad, Echo, Harlequin, Zerbinetta, Scaramuccio, Truffaldino)
The Opera: Loving, hating, hoping, fearing (Harlequin, Echo, Zerbinetta)
The Opera: There is a land, a world untainted (Ariadne)
The Opera: The lady, we are sad to see (Brighella, Scaramuccio, Harlequin, Truffaldino, Zerbinetta)
The Opera: Your gracious Royal Highness (Zerbinetta)
The Opera: The moment I think I'm true to one lover (Zerbinetta)
The Opera: Quite a sermon, but a waste of effort (Harlequin, Zerbinetta, Brighella, Scaramuccio, Truffaldino)
The Opera: To console a stubborn woman (Brighella, Scaramuccio, Harlequin, Truffaldino, Zerbinetta)
The Opera: A shining marvel, a youthful God! (Dryad, Naiad, Echo)
The Opera: Circe, Circe can you still hear me? (Bacchus, Ariadne, Naiad, Dryad, Echo)
The Opera: Theseus! (Ariadne, Bacchus)
The Opera: Me? Can you be sure? (Bacchus, Ariadne)
The Opera: Shall we not pass over? (Ariadne, Bacchus, Naiad, Dryad, Echo, Zerbinetta)
Requiem: I. Requiem aeternam
Requiem: II. Dies irae
Requiem: III. Tuba mirum
Requiem: IV. Liber scriptus
Requiem: V. Quid sum miser
Requiem: VI. Rex tremendae
Requiem: VII. Recordare
Requiem: VIII. Ingemisco
Requiem: IX. Confutatis
Requiem: X. Lacrymosa
Requiem: XI. Domine Jesu Christe
Requiem: XII. Hostias
Requiem: XIII. Sanctus
Requiem: XIV. Agnus Dei
Requiem: XV. Lux aeterna
Requiem: XVI. Libera me, Dies irae, Requiem aeternam
Requiem: XVII. Libera me
Overture
Act I Scene 1: Duet: These people could drive you berserk (Jaquino, Marzellina, Rocco)
Act I Scene 1: Aria: If only we could marry today (Marzellina, Rocco, Leonora)
Act I Scene 1: Quartet: A wonder, clear and pure (Marzellina, Leonora, Rocco, Jaquino)
Act I Scene 1: Aria: If you don't save up your money (Rocco, Leonora, Marzellina)
Act I Scene 1: Trio: Good, that's the stuff! ... (Rocco, Leonora, Marzellina)
Act I Scene 2: March - Dialogue: This handwriting seems familiar (Pizarro)
Act I Scene 2: Aria with Choir: Ah! This is ecstasy! (Pizarro, Chorus of sentries)
Act I Scene 2: Duet: Now, Warder, listen! (Pizarro, Rocco)
Act I Scene 2: Recitative and Aria: Vile murderer! Sadistic swine! (Leonora)
Act I Scene 2: Recitative and Aria: Come hope, you faint and distant star (Leonora)
Act I Scene 2: Dialogue: But Marzellina ... (Jaquino, Marzellina, Rocco, Leonora)
Act I Scene 2: Finale: Oh, what delight to breathe the air (Chorus, First prisoner, Second prisoner)
Act I Scene 2: Finale: What did he say? (Leonora, Rocco)
Act I Scene 2: Finale: Let's down to work, for time is pressing (Rocco, Leonora)
Act I Scene 2: Finale: Oh father, do be quick! (Marzellina, Rocco, Jaquino, Leonora)
Act I Scene 2: Finale: Presumptuous idiot, who are you to take such a liberty (Pizarro, Rocco)
Act I Scene 2: Finale: Farewell, the warm and radiant light (Chorus of Prisoners, Marzellina, Leonora, Jaquino, Pizarro, Rocco)
Symphony No. 8 in E Flat 'Symphony of a Thousand', Part 1: Veni creator spiritus
Symphony No. 8 in E Flat 'Symphony of a Thousand', Part 1: Imple superna gratia
Symphony No. 8 in E Flat 'Symphony of a Thousand', Part 1: Infirma nostri corporis
Symphony No. 8 in E Flat 'Symphony of a Thousand', Part 1: Tempo 1. (Allegro, etwas hastig)
Symphony No. 8 in E Flat 'Symphony of a Thousand', Part 1: Infirma nostri corporis
Symphony No. 8 in E Flat 'Symphony of a Thousand', Part 1: Accende lumen sensibus
Symphony No. 8 in E Flat 'Symphony of a Thousand', Part 1: Qui Paraclitus diceris
Symphony No. 8 in E Flat 'Symphony of a Thousand', Part 1: Gloria Patri Domino
Symphony No. 8 in E Flat 'Symphony of a Thousand', Part 2: Poco Adagio
Symphony No. 8 in E Flat 'Symphony of a Thousand', Part 2: Piů mosso (Allegro moderato)
Symphony No. 8 in E Flat 'Symphony of a Thousand', Part 2: Waldung, sie schwankt heran
Symphony No. 8 in E Flat 'Symphony of a Thousand', Part 2: Ewiger Wonnebrand
Symphony No. 8 in E Flat 'Symphony of a Thousand', Part 2: Wie Felsenabgrund mir zu Füssen
Symphony No. 8 in E Flat 'Symphony of a Thousand', Part 2: Gerettet ist das edle Glied
Symphony No. 8 in E Flat 'Symphony of a Thousand', Part 2: Uns bleibt den Erdenrest
Symphony No. 8 in E Flat 'Symphony of a Thousand', Part 2: Ich spür soeben
Symphony No. 8 in E Flat 'Symphony of a Thousand', Part 2: Höchste Herrscherin der Welt!
Symphony No. 8 in E Flat 'Symphony of a Thousand', Part 2: Dir, der Unberührbaren
Symphony No. 8 in E Flat 'Symphony of a Thousand', Part 2: Bei der Liebe
Symphony No. 8 in E Flat 'Symphony of a Thousand', Part 2: Neige, neige, du Ohnegleiche
Symphony No. 8 in E Flat 'Symphony of a Thousand', Part 2: Er überwächst uns schon
Symphony No. 8 in E Flat 'Symphony of a Thousand', Part 2: Komm! Komm!
Symphony No. 8 in E Flat 'Symphony of a Thousand', Part 2: Blicket auf
Symphony No. 8 in E Flat 'Symphony of a Thousand', Part 2: Alles Vergängliche
Symphony No. 8 in E Flat 'Symphony of a Thousand', Part 2: Alles Vergängliche
Introduction
Act I Scene 1: Potage creme aux perles (Erika)
Act I Scene 1: No, I cannot understand why... (Vanessa)
Act I Scene 1: Must the winter come so soon? (Erika)
Act I Scene 1: Listen!... they are here (Erika)
Act I Scene 1: Do not utter a word, Anatol (Vanessa)
Act I Scene 1: Yes, I believe I shall love you (Anatol)
Act I Scene 1: Who are you? (Erika)
Act I Scene 2: And then? (Baroness)
Act I Scene 2: No, you are not as good a skater... (Vanessa)
Act I Scene 2: Under the willow tree (Doctor)
Act I Scene 2: Erika, I am so happy (Vanessa)
Act I Scene 2: Did you hear her? (Erika)
Act I Scene 2: Help, help! Save me from their talk (Anatol)
Act I Scene 2: Outside this house the world has changed (Anatol)
Act I Scene 2: Hurry now! (Vanessa)
Act I Scene 2: In Morning light let us rejoice (Chorus)
Act III Scene 2: To leave, to break, to find, to keep (Vanessa)
Act III Scene 2: Goodbye, be happy, Aunt Vanessa (Erika)
Act III Scene 2: No, I must never say that name again (Erika)
Part 1: Introduction
Part 1: The Ecchoing Green
Part 1: The Lamb
Part 1: The Shepherd
Part 1: Infant Joy
Part 1: The Little Black Boy
Part 2: Laughing Song
Part 2: Spring
Part 2: A Cradle Song
Part 2: Nurse's Song
Part 2: Holy Thursday
Part 2: The Blossom
Part 2: Interlude
Part 2: The Chimney Sweeper
Part 2: The Divine Image
Part 3: Nocturne
Part 3: Night
Part 3: A Dream
Part 3: On Another's Sorrow
Part 3: The Little Boy Lost
Part 3: The Little Boy Found
Part 3: Coda
Stabat mater dolorosa
Quis est homo?
Eia, mater
Fac ut ardeat cor meum
Tui nati vulnerati
Fac me tecum flere
Virgo virginum praeclara


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