Wokingham Choral Society
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Appearances with Wokingham Choral Society:
24th March, 2018 at Great Hall, University of Reading in Handel: Messiah
4th March, 2017 at Great Hall, University of Reading in Purcell: Dido & Aeneas
Christine Buras Soprano
American soprano Christine Buras studied at the University of Chicago, Indiana University Historical Performance Institute, and the Royal Academy of Music, where she won third prize in the Joan Chissell Schumann Competition, was commended in the English Song Prize and Marjorie Thomas Art Song Prize, and received the DipRAM award for an exemplary final recital. She currently studies with Mary Nelson.
Christine's concert repertoire includes many of the great oratorios, including Bach's St John Passion and Matthew Passion, B minor mass, Magnificat, and Christmas Oratorio; Handel's Messiah, Theodora, and Samson; Haydn's Creation; Mozart's Mass in C minor and Coronation Mass; Mendelssohn's Elijah; and Orff's Carmina Burana. Her operatic roles include Countess Almaviva (Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro for Kennet Opera), Cupid (Purcell's King Arthur for the Dartington Festival), Suor Dolcina and La Prima Sorella Cercatrice (Puccini's Suor Angelica for Royal Academy Opera), Lucy (Menotti's The Telephone for Salon Opera), and Belinda (Purcell's Dido and Aeneas for Indiana University). She is a passionate advocate for and performer of contemporary music, and regularly commissions and premieres new works with her new music chamber group Ensemble x.y.
As an ensemble singer, Christine has worked for groups including the Monteverdi Choir, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Dunedin Consort, and Siglo de Oro, and has sung for conductors including Marin Alsop, William Christie, John Eliot Gardiner, Emmanuelle Haïm, and Masaaki Suzuki.
In 2018, Christine is looking forward to touring Verdi's Requiem with the Monteverdi Choir, and singing in the chorus for Wagner's Der Fliegende Holländer at Bergen National Opera (Norway).