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.
Christine particularly enjoys performing oratorio, and her repertoire includes major works by J.S. Bach, Haydn, Handel, Rossini, Mendelssohn, Schubert, and Mozart. While studying at the Royal Academy of Music, she was a regular performer on the Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series as both a soloist and chorus member, culminating in a joint RAM/Juilliard Bach cantatas tour to New York, Boston, and Leipzig, conducted by Masaaki Suzuki. She also loves performing art song, and won third prize in the 2015 Joan Chissell Schumann Lieder Competition. She was commended in the Major Van Someren-Godfrey Prize for English Song and the Marjorie Thomas Art of Song prize while studying at RAM. Christine is a passionate advocate of contemporary music and is a founding member of Ensemble x.y, a chamber ensemble dedicated to commissioning and performing 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. Christine recently graduated from the postgraduate Vocal Studies course at the Royal Academy of Music, where she was generously supported by the Josephine Baker Trust, the Adah Rogalsky Scholarship, and the William Gibbs Educational and Religious Trust. Upon graduation, she was awarded the DipRAM in recognition for excellence in her final recital. She is continuing her vocal studies with Julie Kennard and James Baillieu.