As Ortrud in Wagner's LOHENGRIN at Houston Grand Opera in November, 2009
"But the real drama came from his wife Ortrud, played by Christine Goerke. Unfortunately, we do not discover her incredible talent until the second act. From the moment she uttered her first lines, we knew we were witnessing an artist of the highest quality. A voice like hers comes once in a generation, and I am sure Ms. Goerke will be the next great Dramatic Soprano."
At the Bard Summerscape WAGNER FESTIVAL in August, 2009
"An aria from 'Die Feen'¯ recalled Beethoven's 'Fidelio,'¯ especially in the soprano Christine Goerke's impassioned account. The concert's second half was the aesthetic equivalent of whiplash: Wagner's Symphony in C, a youthful work that aimlessly frittered with Beethovenian motifs, was followed by the Prelude and Liebestod from 'Tristan und Isolde,'¯ with ravishing singing from Ms. Goerke. ... the evening belonged to Ms. Goerke, who managed to impart fully realized characterizations of Senta, Elisabeth and Elsa with her soaring voice, gestures and facial expressions."
—Steve Smith, The New York Times
As Chrysothemis in Strauss' ELEKTRA at Washington National Opera, May 2008
"Goerke stole the show as Chrysothemis, her voice round, full, dark and easy, sounding more powerful and assertive than anyone else onstage, with the lyrical line of a singer who varies her vocal diet and does not attempt to sing the biggest, loudest roles of which she is physically capable."
—Anne Midgette, The Washington Post
As Rosalinde in Strauss's DIE FLEDERMAUS, San Francisco Opera, September, 2006
"Heading a fine cast was soprano Christine Goerke, making a powerhouse debut as Rosalinde. This was a riveting performance, marked by brilliant silvery tone, billowing melodic phrases and flawless comic timing; that the singer is in an advanced stage of pregnancy only added to the audience's admiration."
—Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle
As Donna Elvira in Mozart's DON GIOVANNI, Metropolitan Opera, March, 2004
"In this terribly difficult role the young soprano Christine Goerke finally has the major Met success that has been due her ... as Elvira she won bravos galore for navigating the leaps and bounds of the vocal lines with fearless confidence and singing the lyrical outpourings with tenderness and, more importantly, nobility, lending the character the dignity that is often missing."
—Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times