Christine Goerke


The American soprano is internationally celebrated for many of opera’s most formidable roles, including Brünnhilde (Houston, Toronto, Edinburgh); Turandot (London, Philadelphia, New York); Elektra (London, Madrid, Houston, Boston, New York, San Francisco); the Dyer’s Wife/Die Frau ohne Schatten (New York); and Ariadne (Santiago, Houston). Goerke has won particular acclaim for Brünnhilde, which she reprises this season in Ring cycles at the Metropolitan Opera. Before returning to the Met, she will star as Elektra at the Canadian Opera Company. She has appeared on many other major opera stages worldwide, among them the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Opéra National de Paris, and Madrid’s Teatro Real. Goerke has been featured on Grammy Award-winning recordings of Vaughan Williams’s A Sea Symphony conducted by Robert Spano (Best Classical Recording and Best Choral Performance) and Britten’s War Requiem under her mentor, Robert Shaw (Best Choral Performance). The soprano initiated her ascent to prominence with Iphigénie en Tauride (Glimmerglass Opera Festival, New York City Opera, CD) and as Mozart’s Donna Elvira (Met, Seattle, Paris, Tokyo), Donna Anna (Covent Garden, Tokyo), and Elettra and Vitellia (both in Paris). Her many awards include the Richard Tucker Award, the Musical America Vocalist of the Year Award, and the Opera News Award.

Previously at Lyric: Brünnhilde/Die Walküre (2017|18); Cassandre/Les Troyens (2016|17); title role/Elektra (2012|13).

Last updated: November 3, 2018
Photo: Arielle Doneson