Great Artists Series '24: Christine Goerke, soprano with Craig Terry, piano

Annual Pillsbury Event

(Washington University Box Office - 314-935-6543)
*purchases only refundable due to presenter cancellation


Single Tickets:
$35-40 general admission
$32-37 Wash U faculty/staff
$15 students/youth

(Traubel/Farrell inspired ) 

Dich, teure Hallefrom Tannhäuser                            

RICHARD STRAUSS                                    
Nichts, Op. 10, No. 2
Muttertändelei, Op. 43, No. 2
Schlechtes Wetter, Op. 69, No. 5 
Die Georgine, Op. 10, No. 4
Ich liebe dich,  Op. 37, No. 2    

JOHANNES BRAHMS                        
Op. 47, No. 1 
Nicht mehr zu dir zu gehen, Op. 32, No. 2 
Liebestreu, Op. 3, No. 1 
O liebliche Wangen, Op. 47, No. 4 

Du bist Lenz”  from Die Walküre                             


Vignettes: Letters from George to Evelyn from the private papers of a World War II bride     

     1.    Stationed in Europe
     2.    Crossing the English Channel
   3.    France, having survived the Normandy Invasion, D-Day
     4.    Telegram—Schism
     5.    Epilogue

Half Minute Songs                                    
     1. Making the Best of It.
     2. First Ask Yourself.
     3. To Understand.
   4. How to Find Success.
   5. The Pleasure of Giving    
 6. Answer the First Rap.
   7. A Good Exercise. 
   8. A Present from Yourself.
 9. Now and Then.
   10. When They Say the Unkind Things.
     11. Keep Awake.
     12. Doan’ Yo’ Lis’n.

SONGS OF THE ‘40s                                
(Edwin McArthur)
He’s Home For A Little While (Ted Shapiro)
Orange Colored Sky (Milton Delugg)

“Ms. Goerke displays a big, blazing soprano that not only has the gale-force power and sheen to slice through Strauss’ huge orchestra, but also seamless legato and an entire paintbox of colors.”

- The Wall Street Journal


Soprano Christine Goerke has appeared in many of the most prestigious 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 leading orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Radio Vara, the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms, and both the Hallè Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Symphony at the Edinburgh International Festival. She has worked with some of the world's foremost conductors including James Conlon, Sir Andrew Davies, Sir Mark Elder, Christoph Eschenbach, Claus Peter Flor, James Levine, Sir Charles Mackerras, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Andris Nelsons, Seiji Ozawa, David Robertson, Donald Runnicles, Esa-Pekka Salonen, the late Robert Shaw, Patrick Summers, Jeffery Tate, Christian Thielemann, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Edo de Waart.

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. 

Ms. Goerke is currently the Associate Artistic Director of the Detroit Opera and was the recipient of the 2001 Richard Tucker Award, the 2015 Musical American Vocalist of the Year Award, and the 2017 Opera News Award. 
Photo credit: Arielle Doneson

Grammy Award-winning pianist and arranger Craig Terry enjoys an international career regularly performing with the world’s leading singers and instrumentalists. Currently, Craig serves as Music Director of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago after having served for eleven seasons at Lyric as Assistant Conductor. Previously, he served as Assistant Conductor at the Metropolitan Opera after joining its Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. 

Craig has performed with such esteemed vocalists as Jamie Barton, Stephanie Blythe, Christine Brewer, Janai Brugger, Lawrence Brownlee, Nicole Cabell, Sasha Cooke, Eric Cutler, Danielle de Niese, Joyce DiDonato, Giuseppe Filianoti, Renée Fleming, Christine Goerke, Susan Graham, Denyce Graves, Bryan Hymel, Brian Jagde, Joseph Kaiser, Quinn Kelsey, Kate Lindsey, Amanda Majeski, Ana María Martínez, Eric Owens, Ailyn Perez, Nicholas Phan, Susanna Phillips, Luca Pisaroni, Patricia Racette, Hugh Russell, Bo Skovhus, Garrett Sorenson, Heidi Stober, Christian Van Horn, Amber Wagner, Laura Wilde, and Catherine Wyn-Rogers. He has collaborated as a chamber musician with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra, the Gewandhaus Orchester, and the Pro Arte String Quartet.

Craig’s upcoming and recent highlights include more than forty concerts in North America, Europe, and Asia with artists including Katherine Beck, Ben Bliss, Christine Brewer, J’Nai Bridges, Lawrence Brownlee, Andriana Chuchman, Joyce DiDonato, Christine Goerke, Will Liverman, Ana María Martínez, Whitney Morrison, Richard Ollarsaba, Susanna Phillips, David Portillo, Patricia Racette, Hugh Russell, and Laura Wilde.

He is Artistic Director of “Beyond the Aria,” a highly acclaimed recital series now in its ninth sold-out season, presented by the Harris Theater in collaboration with the Ryan Opera Center and Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Craig’s discography includes five recently released recordings: “Diva on Detour” with Patricia Racette, “As Long As There Are Songs” with Stephanie Blythe, “Chanson d’Avril” with Nicole Cabell, and “French Horn Recital from 24 Preludes, Op. 11 - Alexander Scriabin” with Lyric Opera principal horn Jonathan Boen. His latest recording project with Joyce DiDonato, “Songplay,” released by Warner Classics, received the 2020 Grammy award for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album.

He has appeared on numerous television, radio, and streaming programs, including multiple appearances on both “Live from Lincoln Center” and “Great Performances” for PBS, as well as on many programs broadcast on NBC, ABC, and CBS. In May 2021, he was the pianist for the Metropolitan Opera’s “Wagnerian Stars Live in Concert,” transmitted from the Hessisches Staatstheater in Wiesbaden, Germany. Craig hails from Tullahoma, Tennessee, and received a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Tennessee Technological University, continued his studies at Florida State University, and received a Masters of Music in Collaborative Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, where he was a student of renowned pianist Warren Jones. 


**All programs subject to change

Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.