2018 Filene Artist in Residence Christine Goerke

Each year, Wolf Trap Opera chooses one of its highly successful alumni to return as the Filene Artist in Residence. This master artist works with WTO’s young singers on both artistic and practical preparation for their careers. The 2018 Filene Artist in Residence is soprano Christine Goerke.

Ms. Goerke will present a free public master class with young artists of Wolf Trap Opera on Saturday, July 21. She was a 1995 Filene Young Artist, performing the roles of Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Nireno in Giulio Cesare. 

Soprano Christine Goerke has appeared in many of the most important opera houses of the world including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Royal Opera House, Paris Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro Real in Madrid, 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 dramatic Strauss and Wagner roles.

Ms. Goerke has also appeared with a number of the leading orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Radio Vara, BBC Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms, and the Sydney Symphony.

Ms. Goerke's 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. 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.

During the 2017-2018 season, Ms. Goerke returns to the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera and Houston Grand Opera for Elektra, the Lyric Opera of Chicago for Die Walküre, and the Royal Opera House for Lohengrin. Other future plans include the full Ring Cycle at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Metropolitan Opera.

Ms. Goerke was the recipient of the 2001 Richard Tucker Award and was named Musical America's 2015 Vocalist of the Year.