American soprano Brenda Rae melds high-flying vocal pyrotechnics with keen emotional commitment, creating memorably detailed characters and irresistibly engaging performances.
Praised by Opera magazine as “virtuosic and sensual, capable of both power and nuance,” Brenda is a regular guest at the world’s leading opera houses in a portfolio of demanding principal roles. This season she makes several high-profile debuts, including her first appearances as Adina in Daminao Michieletto’s production of L’elisir d’amore at Teatro Real Madrid, her Salzburg Festival debut as Königin der Nacht in Die Zauberflöte, and her much-anticipated Metropolitan Opera debut as Poppea in a new David McVicar production of Agrippina, to be simulcast in cinemas worldwide via Met Live in HD.
Elsewhere this season, Brenda returns to Wiener Staatsoper to reprise the title role in Laurent Pelly’s production of Lucia di Lammermoor, for which the Washington Post praised her as “incandescent, creating a three-dimensional character whose fluid coloratura mirrored the passionate meanderings of her mind.” She also returns to Bayerische Staatsoper as Aminta in Barrie Kosky’s production of Die schweigsame Frau and Opera Philadelphia as the featured artist in their Festival O19 Celebration. Future projects include her Royal Opera House Covent Garden debut as well as appearances in New York, Madrid, Vienna, Munich, Chicago, Hong Kong, Frankfurt, and Philadelphia.
Next • September 15
Vocal Arts DC
Jonathan Ware, Pianist
Washington, DC • United States
“Soprano Brenda Rae delivers a dash of daring to all her roles.”
ROCKING OUT TO RAMEAU
“Sometimes I just put some on a playlist and dance around the kitchen: ‘Rameau has a really good beat!’”
“She has a sound reminiscent of molten silver, a wide range, and a great deal of flexibility.”
THE ENGLISH CONCERT
“Vainglorious, infuriating and alluring, Brenda Rae’s Semele hit the spot. The most startling combination of wonder and arrogance...”
Lyric Opera of Chicago
“Rae acted with an immersion worthy of her stellar vocal display... The complete singing actress.”
“Rae delivers her part with a technical brilliance in which nothing gets cheated and everything sits like immaculately placed pearls.”