Christine Brewer

Introduction

Recognised as amongst the foremost singers of our age, Christine Brewer's engagements have included the gala concerts to re-open the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (under Bernard Haitink), Britten’s "War Requiem" in Rome with Antonio Pappano and she has forged strong links with the BBC Proms, most notably with performances of Wagner’s "Die Walküre" and "Götterdämmerung" and Schönberg’s "Gurrelieder" under Donald Runnicles, and Mahler’s 8th Symphony under Sir Simon Rattle. She has also performed in concert with Pierre Boulez, James Levine, James Conlon, Michael Tilson Thomas, Mariss Jansons, David Robertson, Alan Gilbert, Richard Hickox, Christoph Eschenbach, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Gustavo Dudamel, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Charles Mackerras, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. 

Christine Brewer’s opera engagements include the Färberin ("Die Frau ohne Schatten") and the Mother Abbess ("Sound of Music") with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Färberin with the Paris Opera, Gluck’s "Alceste", Britten’s "Albert Herring" in Santa Fe and Madame Lidoine ("Dialogues des Carmelites") in St Louis. Miss Brewer is the recipient of the BBC Radio 3 Listener’s Award of the 2008 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards.

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Repertoire

BARBER:
Vanessa (Vanessa)

BEETHOVEN:
Fidelio (Leonore)

BRITTEN:
Gloriana (Elizabeth)
Peter Grimes (Ellen Orford)
Albert Herring (Lady Billows)

CUOMO:
Doubt (Sister Aloysius)

GLUCK:
Iphigenie en Tauride (Iphigenie)
Alceste (Alceste)

HAYDN:
Armide (Armide)

STRAUSS:
Ariadne auf Naxos  (Ariadne)
Die Aegyptische Helena (Helena)
Die Frau ohne Schatten (Färberin)

WEBER:
Oberon (Rezia)
Euryanthe (Euryanthe/Eglantine)

WAGNER:
Die Walküre (Brunnhilde)
Siegfried (Brunnhilde)
Götterdämmerung  (Brunnhilde)
Tristan und Isolde (Isolde)

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Schedule

Town Hall, Auckland

Mozart:  Symphony No.41, ‘Jupiter’
Beethoven: Ah, Perfido!
Josef Marx:   Selected Songs
Mahler:  Adagio from Symphony No. 10

Leo Hussain, conductor
Christine Brewer, soprano
Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra


St. Mary’s Church, Haddington

WAGNER: Siegfried Idyll
STRAUSS: Four Last Songs
ELGAR: Enigma Variations

Christine Brewer Soprano
Martyn Brabbins Conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra


The Lammermuir Festival welcomes American soprano Christine Brewer, widely regarded as one of today’s greatest interpreters of Richard Strauss’s achingly beautiful songs – his farewell to the world.

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Sound of Music

Lyric Opera of Chicago

Christine Brewer easily commands the stage with both her pipes and her presence as the wise Mother Abbess who senses Maria’s worldly temperament.  Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times
Grammy Award winner Christine Brewer lends her world-renowned soprano to the role of Mother Abbess, whose “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” is show-stopping.
Chicagoist
...Christine Brewer, a powerhouse, warm-blooded Mother Abbess... Chris Jones, The Theater Loop
The nuns’ choruses, led by dramatic soprano Christine Brewer as the Mother Abbess, resounded as in a cathedral.  Nancy Malitz, Chicago on the Aisle

Britten

Albert Herring, November 2013

Barbican Centre

The cast list of this performance was amazing — and no one was indisposed: Christine Brewer, superb as Lady Billows, a great comic actress not allowing us to forget that she was until recently the leading Isolde... Michael Tanner, The Spectator

Weber

Der Freischütz, LSO Live Recording

Barbican Centre

It’s one of the LSO’s more successfully cast opera sets, with majestic top notes from Christine Brewer’s Agathe... Financial Times
Christine Brewer in dramatic full throttle as Agathe... The Observer
Christine Brewer's Agathe is the romantic heroine par excellence. William Dart, New Zealand Herald

Cuomo

Doubt

Minnesota Opera

The loudest applause deservedly went to Christine Brewer, the distinguished American soprano who may have found the role of a lifetime as Sister Aloysius, an old-style disciplinarian whose devout faith does not inhibit her from resorting to devious tactics to defend her values

Associated Press
Bringing the characters to vivid life is an exceptional collection of singers, led by soprano Christine Brewer as Sister Aloysius, the prickly principal embittered by patriarchy and a past encounter with what she sees as a similar situation. Brewer's rich reputation as a Wagner soprano comes through when she unleashes her inner Valkyrie when venting her fury in a climactic confrontation with the priest.  Pioneer Press

Strauss

Four Last Songs

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall

Splendour number one? Christine Brewer’s red dress, red enough to have been cut from the carpet laid out at Westminster Abbey. Red enough too to serve as a suitable visual symbol of the American soprano’s regal authority in the long curling lines of Strauss’s Four Last Songs — the tender peach at the centre of Vladimir Jurowski’s programme with the London Philharmonic. Geoff Brown, The Times

CD: Echoes of Nightingales

Roger Vignoles, piano

This extraordinary disc brings together songs by predominantly American composers that were used as encores by four sopranos who were hugely popular in the US from the 1930s to the 60s – Kirsten Flagstad, Eileen Farrell, Helen Traubel and Eleanor Steber. The astonishing Steber could sing just about anything. The other three were Wagnerians – Flagstad, of course, being the greatest – though Traubel also notoriously annoyed operatic authorities by singing cabaret. But all four ended their US recitals and broadcasts with either songs from the shows, salon numbers or sentimental ballads by the likes of Idabelle Firestone and Mildred Lund Tyson. Brewer, in tremendous voice, carves out a niche as their successor, partly because the majestic quality of her delivery equals theirs, but more importantly because she, like they, has the ability to make this repertoire live and breathe without sounding mawkish. The high points – there are many – include Frank La Forge's Hills and Sweetheart from Sigmund Romberg's Maytime. And Brewer's pianist, Roger Vignoles, sounds as if he's thoroughly enjoying himself. Tim Ashley, The Guardian

Recordings

Echoes of Nightingales

Encores as sung by Kirsten Flagstad, Eileen Farrell, Helen Traubel and Eleanor Steber

Christine Brewer (soprano), Roger Vignoles (piano)
Hyperion