Brenda Rae Soprano

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As a former member of the ensemble of Oper Frankfurt, Brenda Rae has performed there many roles including Violetta (La traviata), Elvira (Il Puritani), Lucia di Lammermoor, Konstanze (Il Seraglio), Amina (La sonnambula), Zdenka (Arabella), Gilda (Rigoletto) and Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos). With the latter, she made her debut at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin as well as in Hamburg and Munich. She also made her debuts at the English National Opera as Lulu (Berg) and at the Glyndebourne Festival as Armida (Rinaldo). 

More recently, she made her debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and at the Salzburg Festival as the Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute). She was reinvited at the Teatro Real Madrid for the title-role of Partenope. 

Brenda Rae made her US stage debut at Santa Fe Opera in 2013 as Violetta and has since returned as Norina (Don Pasquale), Cunegonde (Candide) and Lucia di Lammermoor. She sang Ginevra (Ariodante) at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Last season, she performed at the Metropolitan Opera New York as Zerbinetta and as Ophelia (Brett Dean’s Hamlet). 

For the 2022-23 season, she sings Maïma (Offenbach's Barkouf) at the Opernhaus Zurich, the Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute) and Norina (Don Pasquale) at the Vienna Staatsoper, and the title-role of Sémélé at the Staatsoper Munich. 

Her discography includes Wagner’s Die Feen and Ariadne auf Naxos, Milhaud’s The Oresteia of Aeschylus, Lowell Liebermann’s Little Heaven and Offenbach’s Fantasio. Upcoming recordings include a solo album dedicated to Strauss and Schubert.

At the Paris Opera: The Rake’s Progress (Anne Trulove), 2012 ; Lucia di Lammermoor (title-role), 2023

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