SFOpera - Christine Goerke

Christine Goerke

(Medford, New York)

2017–18 Season: Title role of Elektra

One of today’s leading dramatic sopranos, Christine Goerke made her San Francisco Opera debut in 2006 as Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus. Recent engagements include Brünnhilde in the Ring cycle with Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, and Canadian Opera Company; the title role of Elektra with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and at New York’s Carnegie Hall; Cassandre in Les Troyens with Lyric Opera of Chicago; and the title role of Turandot with Covent Garden and Opera Philadelphia. Goerke has also appeared with a number of the leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Houston Symphony, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Her recording of Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony with Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra won the 2003 Grammy Award for Best Classical Recording and Best Choral Performance. Later this season, Goerke returns to the Metropolitan Opera and Houston Grand Opera as Elektra, the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Brünnhilde in Die Walküre, and Covent Garden as Ortrud in Lohengrin. Other future plans include the full Ring cycle at Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Metropolitan Opera. She is the recipient of the 2001 Richard Tucker Award, the 2015 Musical America Vocalist of the Year Award, and the 2017 Opera News Award.