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Christine Buras photograph

Appearances with Wokingham Choral Society:

4th March, 2017 at Great Hall, University of Reading in Purcell: Dido & Aeneas

January 2017

Christine Buras            Soprano

American soprano Christine Buras is a recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Music's postgraduate vocal studies course, where she studied with Julie Kennard and James Baillieu and received the DipRAM award for an exemplary final recital.

Her operatic roles include Suor Dolcina and La Prima Sorella Cercatrice (Puccini's Suor Angelica) for Royal Academy Opera, Princess Almond (Danyal Dhondy's Shahrazade) for Opera Vera, Hélène (Chabrier's Une Éducation Manquée) for Pop-Up Opera, Lucy (Menotti's The Telephone) for Salon Opera, Theodora (Handel's Theodora) for Benslow Opera, and Belinda (Purcell's Dido and Aeneas) for Indiana University. Christine won third prize in the 2015 Joan Chissell Schumann Lieder Competition, and is a frequent performer of art song recitals. She also is a passionate advocate of contemporary music, and is a founding member of the new music group Ensemble x.y. A keen oratorio soloist, she has performed the major works of Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Haydn, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Rossini, and Orff, including a performance of Mozart's solo cantata Exsultate, jubilate at St. Martin-in-the-Fields.

Christine began her musical education as a chorister at Washington National Cathedral, and later studied at the University of Chicago and Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music before moving to London.

Future plans include a fully staged production of Handel's Messiah at the Bergen National Opera in Norway, performances at St. John Smith Square with both Siglo de Oro and Ensemble x.y, and Philadel/Cupid in Purcell's King Arthur at the Dartington Festival.