Grammy-winning soprano performs a selection of her favourite works
This article is from 2007.
As comfortable chatting about American Idol as she is arias, Christine Brewer is swift to dispel any notion of the opera diva.
Indeed, from the moment she burst onto the stage as a teenager with the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Brewer knew she had found her calling. More than two decades later, numerous appearances in operas, concerts and recitals around the world have made her one of the most celebrated singers on the classical music scene.
‘I remember standing there looking out at the audience and thinking: “yes, this is it”,’ she says. ‘I simply loved it then, and all these years on, I never stop being grateful. I have been lucky enough to work with some of the finest musicians and conductors of my lifetime.’
Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Charles Mackerras and Donald Runnicles are just a few of her musical collaborators to date. Plácido Domingo and the Prince of Wales are just two of her more high profile fans.
An EIF veteran, Brewer says she has never taken her success for granted, not even with a Grammy Award firmly under her belt.
‘I get to travel the world performing music that I love, but at heart I’m still that girl from Illinois just trying to connect with people through my music. This year in Edinburgh I get to perform works by some of my favourites, including Strauss, Britten and Berg. With genius like that to draw from, it’s difficult to go wrong.’ (Anna Millar)
Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street, 668 2019, 28 Aug, 11am, £6–£25.50.