Christine Goerke studied voice in her native city of New York, initially focusing on the lyric soprano roles of Mozart and Handel. She was awarded the prestigious Richard Tucker Award in 2001.
Several years later, however, she experienced every singer’s worst nightmare: one day, she couldn’t get her breath right, nor could she find her voice. Eventually, the American singer rediscovered herself as a dramatic soprano, going on to sing Kundry in Wagner’s Parsifal and the title roles of Richard Strauss’s Elektra and Bellini’s Norma, all of which now fit her voice like a glove.
Goerke now sings at the world’s most prestigious opera houses and collaborates with leading international orchestras and conductors in concert repertoire. She was hailed by Musical America as Vocalist of the Year in 2015.
Goerke is making her first appearance with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in the 2016–17 season.