Christine Goerke


Christine Goerke began to make major appearances as a soprano in her native U.S. in the mid-1990s, and in 1999 began to make important international appearances.

She has a strong, rich voice with a darker lower register. As a professional concert singer her career was given a major boost by several collaborations with the late and great American choral and symphonic conductor Robert Shaw. She sang her first Carnegie Hall appearance in the solo soprano part of Britten's War Requiem under Shaw's direction. Also with Shaw she sang solo soprano parts in Mahler's Eighth in Cleveland and Carnegie Hall. She recorded Brahms' Liebeslieder Walzer, Poulenc's Stabat Mater, and Szymanowski's Stabat Mater under Shaw's baton on highly regarded Telarc CD releases.

She was admitted to the Metropolitan Opera Young Artist Development Program, which led to her first major Metropolitan Opera role as Donna Elvira in Mozart's Don Giovanni in the 1997-1998 season. (Previously she had served a typical apprenticeship in such short roles as The High Priestess in Verdi's Aïda, First Lady in The Magic Flute, and Ships' Doctor and Space Twin in Philip Glass' The Voyage.

She had also previously sung the leading roles as Female Chorus in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia in Saint Louis, Giunone in Calisto at Glimmerglass, and as Iphigénie in Iphigénie en Tauride at both Glimmerglass and the New York City Opera.

She made her European debut as Vitellia in Mozart's La clemenza di Tito at Paris' Garnier Opéra, and sang Donna Elvira in Cincinnati and Buenos Aires, Alice Ford in Falstaff at the Bastille-Opéra in Paris, Armida in Rinaldo at the New York City Opera, and Fiordiligi at the Houston Grand Opera.

As a recitalist, a highlight was a joint appearance with the Welsh singer Bryn Terfel at New York's Morgan Library, presented by the George London Foundation for Singers.