American soprano Christine Buras is a versatile and experienced performer of a wide range of repertoire including early music, opera, art song, and new music. Her operatic roles include Lucy (Menotti's The Telephone) for Salon Opera, Suor Dolcina and La Prima Sorella Cercatrice (Puccini’s Suor Angelica) for Royal Academy Opera, Theodora (Handel’s Theodora) for Benslow Opera, and Belinda (Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas) for Indiana University. She has also performed in opera scenes programmes as Susanna (Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro), Blonde (Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Fiordiligi (Mozart's Cosi fan tutte), Anne Trulove (Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress), Marzelline (Beethoven's Fidelio), Tina (Jonathan Dove's Flight), and Abigail (Robert Ward's The Crucible).
Christine particularly enjoys performing oratorio, and she recently had the privilege of performing Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate in St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Her repertoire also includes major works by J.S. Bach, Haydn, Handel, Rossini, Mendelssohn, Schubert, and Mozart. She is a regular performer on the Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series, and was a soloist for the 2014-15 academic year. She recently performed on the joint RAM/Juilliard Bach cantatas tour to New York, Boston, and Leipzig, conducted by Masaaki Suzuki. She also loves performing art song, and has been commended in the Major Van Someren-Godfrey Prize for English Song and the Marjorie Thomas Art of Song prize at the Royal Academy of Music, and was a finalist in the 2015 Joan Chissell Schumann Lieder Prize. She also is a passionate advocate of contemporary music and is a founding member of Ensemble x.y, which was formed in late 2014 by a group of students and alumnae at the Royal Academy of Music to perform and promote new music.
Christine received her early musical education as a chorister at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, and later obtained her BA (with honours) in Music History and Theory from the University of Chicago and her Masters of Music at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music Historical Performance Institute. She is a recent graduate of the postgraduate Vocal Studies course at the Royal Academy of Music where she studied with Julie Kennard and James Baillieu, generously supported by the Josephine Baker Trust, the Adah Rogalsky Scholarship, and the William Gibbs Educational and Religious Trust.
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