About Christine Brewer






March 25, 2007

This afternoon I attended an exciting concert performance of Fidelio by the Boston Symphony Orchetra conducted by James Levine, with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and the following cast:

Christine Brewer, soprano (Leonore)

Lisa Milne, soprano (Marzelline)

Johan Botha, tenor (Florestan)

Matthew Polenzani, tenor (Jaquino)

Albert Dohmen, bass-baritone (Don Pizarro)

James Morris, bass-baritone (Don Fernando)

Robert Lloyd, bass (Rocco)

William Hite, tenor (First Prisoner), and

Robert Honeysucker, baritone (Second Prisoner)


March 24, 2007

"The biggest challenge in bringing the work to Boston, it seemed, was finding a soprano up to the task of the title role. Just days ago the BSO announced that Karita Mattila had withdrawn due to illness and that she would be replaced by Christine Brewer. But then prior to last night's performance, it was announced from the stage that Brewer herself had been fighting a cold, though she would still be singing. In the end, Brewer proved more than up to the task. One could detect some tentativeness in her Act I singing but she gained strength and confidence as the evening wore on; she gave a brave and affecting performance."--Jeremy Eichler, Boston Globe, reviewing March 23 concert performance of Fidelio by Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood Festival Chorus