Soprano Christine Goerke has appeared in the major opera houses of the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh Opera, New York City Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Paris Opera, Théâtre du Châtelet, Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, Deutsche Oper Berlin, La Scala, Maggio Musicale Fiorentio, Teatro Real in Madrid, Teatro Municipal de Santiago, and the Saito Kinen Festival. She has sung much of the great soprano repertoire, beginning with the Mozart and Handel heroines and now moving into the dramatic Strauss and Wagner roles. She has also received acclaim for her portrayals of the title roles in Elektra, Ariadne auf Naxos, Norma, and Iphigenie en Tauride; Kundry in Parsifal, Ortrud in Lohengrin, Leonora in Fidelio, Eboli in Don Carlos, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes, Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia, Alice in Falstaff, and Madame Lidone in Dialogues des Carmelites. She recently made her role debut as Brünnhilde in concert performances of Die Walküre with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. 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, Radio Vara (at the Concertgebouw), Sydney Symphony, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. She has worked with some of the world's foremost conductors, including James Conlon, Mark Elder, Christoph Eschenbach, Claus Peter Flor, James Levine, Sir Charles Mackerras, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, Donald Runnicles, Esa-Pekka Salonen, the late Robert Shaw, Leonard Slatkin, Patrick Summers, Jeffery Tate, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Edo de Waart.
Ms. Goerke's recording of Vaughan Williams's A Sea Symphony with Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra won the 2003 Grammy Award for Best Classical Recording and Best Choral Performance. Her close association with Robert Shaw yielded several recordings included the Brahms' Liebeslieder Waltzes, Poulenc's Stabat Mater, Szymanowski's Stabat Mater, and the Grammy-nominated recording of Dvorak's Stabat Mater. Other recordings include the title role in Iphigenie en Tauride for Telarc and Britten's War Requiem, which won the 1999 Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance.
This season, Ms. Goerke returned to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in Elektra and the Metropolitan Opera as the Dyer's Wife in Die Frau ohne Schatten. She also appeared in concert performances of Elektra with David Robertson and the Sydney Symphony and in a recital in Tucson as part of the Desert Song Festival. This summer she returns to the Glimmerglass Festival as Artist in Residence and for the title role in Ariadne auf Naxos. Next season's many engagements include her first fully staged performances of Brünnhilde in Die Walküre at both the Canadian Opera Company and the Houston Grand Opera. Other future plans include the full Ring Cycle at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Metropolitan Opera, Canadian Opera Company and Houston Grand Opera.
Ms. Goerke was the recipient of the 2001 Richard Tucker Award.