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Soprano Christine Goerke Shows Her Stuff

Christine Goerke

Christine Goerke

The Met Broadcast of Die Frau Ohne Schatten airs Saturday at 12:00 PM

It happened so fast. With an almost superhuman performance, Christine Goerke swept through her Lyric Opera debut as the blood-soaked Elektra, enthralling Chicago’s opera base.

The warm-up to that wasn’t so shabby, either. Weeks before Elektra‘s opening, Ms. Goerke sang an aria from Don Carlos at the Stars of Lyric Opera concert at Millennium Park.

Listen to a little of the performance, note the audience reaction:


Lyric is investing a lot in this artist. She is one of the cornerstones, cast as Brunnhilde in a new Ring cycle to be launched by Lyric in 2016. Now New Yorkers are catching the fever. Saturday’s broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera’s Die Frau Ohne Schatten was taped last fall; Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times noted: “…this was a breakthrough night at the Met for the American soprano Christine Goerke, who received an ecstatic ovation for her powerfully sung and wrenching portrayal of the hard-bitten Dyer’s Wife. Ms. Goerke has evolved in recent years into a dramatic soprano of exciting potential.”

It’s nice to know Christine Goerke’s “exciting potential” has a substrate in Chicago.

About Saturday’s opera:

Tommasini admitted there are some “batty elements in Strauss’s fairytale opera”—and we’re not talking about a Fledermaus—this is Richard Strauss, the composer of the expressionist piece Elektra. Die Frau possesses enormous challenges: five very demanding principal roles; an elaborate plot that’s heavy on special effects; and a complex score. What Tommasini goes on to say about this Met production however, is that it works; it shows this opera to be a masterpiece between Strauss and librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal.

It’s also fun to hear a local favorite making a hearty meal out of a Met production.

The Metropolitan Opera production of Die Frau Ohne Schatten features conductor Vladimir Jurowski, Anne Schwanewilms and Torsten Kerl as the otherworldly Empress and Emperor; Johan Reuter as Barak, Christine Goerke as the Dyer’s Wife, and Ildiko Komlosi as the Nurse.

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