American soprano Brenda Rae is a highly sought-after artist who regularly performs in many
of the world's leading opera houses, concert halls, and recital venues. This season, Ms.
Rae takes on a number of new roles: the title-role in Berg's Lulu for her debut with the
English National Opera in the William Kentridge production; Queen of the Night in Mozart's
Die Zauberflöte with the Bayerische Staatsoper; Amenaide in Rossini's
Tancredi with Opera Philadelphia; and Gilda in a new production of
Rigoletto, as well as Zdenka in Arabella--both with her home company,
Oper Frankfurt. Future projects include debuts with the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of
Chicago, and Opernhaus Zürich, as well as returns to the Bayerische Staatsoper, Oper
Frankfurt, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Philadelphia, and The English Concert.
Last season's engagements included concerts in Ms. Rae's home state of Wisconsin, first as
Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Edo de
Waart, then in a solo concert with her alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
With the Bayerische Staatsoper, she sang Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, both in
Munich and on tour in Paris, as well as Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem
Serail. Ms. Rae returned to the Berlin State Opera as Zerbinetta and to Oper Frankfurt
in the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor. In the summer, she was heard in a
chamber concert with the Schumann Quartett at the Schubertiade in Hohenems.
Ms. Rae appears on several recordings, including Offenbach's Fantasio (Opera
Rara); Lowell Liebermann's Little Heaven (Albany Records); Strauss's Ariadne
auf Naxos and Wagner's Die Feen (Oehms Classics); Milhaud's The Oresteia
of Aeschylus, nominated for a Grammy Award (Naxos); and also on DVD/Blu-ray in
Handel's Rinaldo from Glyndebourne (Opus Arte). She earned an artistic diploma
from the Juilliard Opera Center, a master's degree from The Juilliard School, and a
bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.