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308 | Christine Goerke and Wagner's Die Walküre
308 | Christine Goerke and Wagner's Die Walküre
Sunday, October 29 | 6 - 7 PM
First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple
77 W Washington St | Chicago, IL | 60602
  • Members: $12
  • Public: $15
  • Students and Teachers: $10

“The finest Wagnerian soprano in the world” — Robert Levine

Christine Goerke, one of the greatest operatic voices of her generation, is performing the title role of Brünnhilde in Lyric Opera’s new production of Die Walküre, the second opera of Wagner’s great Ring Cycle. Known for her sparkling wit as well as her powerful and subtle interpretations of the repertoire, Goerke will sit down with Colin Ure and Lyric’s Roger Pines to discuss her life in music and Wagner’s enduring significance.

This program is generously underwritten as part of the Stanek Endowed Music Program series and is presented in partnership with Lyric Opera of Chicago.


Christine Goerke has sung much of the great soprano repertoire, beginning with the Mozart and Handel heroines and now moving into dramatic Strauss and Wagner roles in the most important opera houses of the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Royal Opera House, Paris Opera, and the Teatro alla Seala. She has also appeared with a number of leading orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra at the BB Proms, and Sydney Symphony. Her many awards include the 2001 Richard Tucker Award, the 2015 Musical American Vocalist of the Year Award, and the 2017 Opera News Award.

Roger Pines is Lyric Opera of Chicago’s dramaturg, broadcast co-host and co-producer, and program editor, as well as special lecturer/consultant for the company’s young-artist program and a frequent public speaker for Lyric events. Pines previously held positions at San Diego Opera, The Dallas Opera, and The Glimmerglass Festival. A contributor to many important American and European publications, as well as to programs of major opera companies, Pines has written for CDs on seven major labels. He has been a panelist on the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts’ “Opera Quiz” annually since 2006.

Colin Ure was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and studied music, majoring in voice, at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Following graduation he performed as a professional classical singer throughout the UK and further afield. In 2005 he was appointed as Dramaturg for Houston Grand Opera, where he lectured, wrote articles about opera, and prepared supertitle translations. Colin now lives in Chicago, working as a freelance dramaturg. Currently, he is writing and presenting The Ryan Opera Center Recital Series for 98.7 WFMT.

  • The Stanek Endowed Music Program
  • On sale to members on 9/19 at 10am and on sale to public on 9/26 at 10am.