Christine Goerke studied voice in her native state of New York. The American soprano has since appeared at such leading opera houses as the Metropolitan Opera; the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Opéra de Paris, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, La Scala in Milan and the Teatro Real in Madrid.
Goerke initially focused on the lyric soprano roles of Mozart and Handel, but has triumphed as a dramatic soprano in recent years. She regularly sings the title roles in Richard Strauss’s Elektra and Ariadne auf Naxos and Puccini’s Turandot, in addition to portraying Kundry in Wagner’s Parsifal, Ellen Orford in Britten’s Peter Grimes and Alice Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff. Goerke has also collaborated with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors in concert repertoire.
She was awarded the prestigious Richard Tucker Award in 2001, was named Vocalist of the Year by Musical America in 2015 and was honoured with an Opera News Award in 2017.
Goerke made her first appearance with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra singing Brünnhilde in a December 2016 performance of Act III of Wagner’s Die Walküre conducted by Valery Gergiev, of which the Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad wrote, ‘Christine Goerke gave Brünnhilde an extra dimension with highly theatrical charisma.’