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Brewer, Christine (soprano)
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Christine Brewer (soprano)

American soprano Christine Brewer was born in Illinois and began her professional career with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, with whom she has performed Ellen Orford, Donna Anna and the title roles in Ariadne auf Naxos, Haydn's Armida and Britten’s Gloriana. In opera, Christine Brewer has sung Countess Almaviva (New York City Opera and the Royal Opera, Covent Garden), Donna Anna (Edinburgh Festival under Sir Charles Mackerras and in London, New York and Florida). She has sung Gluck's Iphigenie en Tauride in Madrid, Leonore in Fidelio at the Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Weber's Oberon with Richard Hickox in London and both Strauss’s Die Aegyptische Helena and Britten’s Peter Grimes in Santa Fe. She sang Isolde with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Donald Runnicles and the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Salonen, Gloriana with Richard Hickox at the Aldeburgh Festival, and Chrysothemis (Elektra) with the Cleveland Orchestra and Frans Welser-Möst. She has achieved international renown for per performances of Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos having sung the role for English National Opera, Opera de Lyon (in Lyon and Paris), the Santa Fe Festival and most recently in her debut at the Metropolitan Opera under James Levine.

In concert Miss Brewer appears with the major American and European Orchestras with Sir Roger Norrington, Michael Tilson-Thomas, Kurt Masur, John Adams, Christoph von Dohnányi, Raymond Leppard, Mark Wigglesworth, Andrew Litton, John Nelson, Sir Neville Marriner, Wolfgang Sawallisch and Ivan Fischer. Her recordings include Janácek's Glagolitic Mass and Dvorák's Te Deum with Robert Shaw, Don Giovanni under Sir Charles Mackerras, Barber’s Vanessa under Leonard Slatkin, Fidelio with David Parry and she appears in Graham Johnson's complete Schubert Edition for Hyperion.

Concert engagements have included the gala concerts to re-open the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (under Bernard Haitink), Dallapiccola’s Il Prigioniero at the Monnaie, Brussels (under Antonio Pappano) and she has forged strong links with the BBC Proms (including Britten’s War Requiem under Jane Glover, Janácek’s Glagolitic Mass under Sir Andrew Davis, Wagner’s Die Walküre and Schönberg’s Gurrelieder under Donald Runnicles, and Mahler’s 8th Symphony under Sir Simon Rattle.

Her concerts include appearances with the London Philharmonic under both Masur and Wigglesworth, the Orchestra of Santa Cecilia, Rome and Pappano, the National Orchestra of Spain and Frühbeck de Burgos, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and both Zubin Mehta and Esa- Pekka Salonen, the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Colin Davis, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Runnicles, and the City of Birmingham Symphony and Sir Simon Rattle.


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