American soprano Brenda Rae is currently a member of the ensemble at Oper Frankfurt. Ms. Rae’s extensive repertoire at Opera Frankfurt includes: the title-role in Lucia di Lammermoor, Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Angelica in Vivaldi’s Orlando Furioso, the Governess in The Turn of the Screw, Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera, Servilia in La Clemenza di Tito, Musetta in La Bohème, Lora in Wagner’s Die Feen, the title-role in de Almeida’s La Giuditta, among other roles. Her performance as Sandrina in a new production of La Finta Giardiniera was described as “convincing, not only in the mad scene, but also through her expressive singing”.
For the 2011-2012 season, Ms. Rae adds new roles to her list of repertoire at Oper Frankfurt: the title-role in La Traviata, Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress, and Giunone in La Calisto (the latter two being new productions), also Olympia in a revival of Les Contes d’Hoffmann. She makes her debut as Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with the Bayerische Staatsoper.
Last season, Ms. Rae made two major debuts: first as Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos in Bordeaux followed by Armida in Handel’s Rinaldo with the Glyndebourne Festival and the BBC Proms.
In the fall of 2007, Ms. Rae performed the role of Comtesse Adèle in Rossini's Le Comte Ory at Juilliard and in the summer of 2008, Ms. Rae sang the role of Tulip Brenner in William Bolcom’s A Wedding at the Music Academy of the West. Highlights from her operatic performances include the role of Arminda in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera at Juilliard and Eurydice in Orphée aux enfers by Offenbach.
Ms. Rae received her Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School in 2006. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.