(Medford, New York)
2017–18 Season: Title role of Elektra
Dramatic soprano Christine Goerke made her San Francisco Opera debut in 2006 as Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus. She has since appeared in the world’s leading opera houses as Kundry in Parsifal, Ortrud in Lohengrin, Leonore in Fidelio, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes, Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia, Alice Ford in Falstaff, Madame Lidoine in Dialogues des Carmelites, and the title roles of Ariadne auf Naxos, Norma, and Iphigénie en Tauride. Goerke has performed the role of Brünnhilde as part of the Ring cycles at the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Canadian Opera Company, and Houston Grand Opera. Other recent engagements include Cassandre in Les Troyens with Lyric Opera of Chicago and the title role of Turandot with Opera Philadelphia. Goerke has also appeared with a number of the leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Houston Symphony, Duluth Symphony, Sydney 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.