Noted for her radiant, crystalline voice and superb musicianship, soprano Christine Brandes brings her committed artistry to a repertoire ranging from 17th century to newly composed works, performing at many of the world’s most distinguished festivals and concert series in programs spanning from recitals and chamber music to oratorio and opera. Recent performances include the role of Nero in Monteverdi's Coronation of Poppea with the West Edge Opera, world premiers of works for string quartet and soprano by Eric Moe and Jennifer Higdon with the Brentano and Cypress Quartets respectively. Handel's Israel in Egypt at Carnegie Hall with NY Choral Society, Bach's B-minor Mass with the American Classical Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall, Mahler's Symphony #2 with the Sacramento Symphony, Bernstein's Symphony #1 with the Santa Rosa Symphony and recitals at Stanford University with the Saint Lawrence Quartet and at King's College Chapel, Cambridge with organist Jonathan Dimmock. She has sung for the following opera houses: San Francisco, Seattle, Washington National, LA Opera, Houston Grand, Opera Pacific, Minnesota, Arizona, New York City Opera, Philadelphia, Portland, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Glimmerglass, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Opera de Nancy and Central City in principle roles ranging from Handel and Mozart, through Verdi to Bolcom and Britten. Ms. Brandes has also sung with the following orchestras: Cleveland, Chicago, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Atlanta, Detroit, Seattle, Minnesota, National Symphony, with such distinguished conductors as Simon Rattle, Pierre Boulez, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Frühbeck de Burgos, Robert Spano, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Alan Gilbert, Jane Glover and Nicholas McGegan.
Focus: Opera, Oratorio, Chamber music, New music, 17th-18th concert performance practice