The American soprano, Christine Buras, received her early musical education as a chorister at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, and later obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree (with honours) in Music History and Theory from the University of Chicago and her Masters of Music degree at Indiana Universityís Jacobs School of Music Historical Performance Institute. She is currently (since 2013) a student of Julie Kennard and James Baillieu on the postgraduate Vocal Studies course at the Royal Academy of Music in London and is grateful for the generous support of the Josephine Baker Trust, the Adah Rogalsky Scholarship, and the William Gibbs Educational and Religious Trust.
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 in Menotti's The Telephone for Salon Opera, Suor Dolcina and La Prima Sorella Cercatrice in Pucciniís Suor Angelica for Royal Academy Opera, Theodora in George Frideric Handelís Theodora for Benslow Opera, and Belinda in Purcellís Dido and Aeneas for Indiana University. She has also performed in opera scenes programmes as Susanna in W.A. Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, Blonde in W.A. Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Fiordiligi in W.A. Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, Anne Trulove in Igor Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress, Marzelline in L.v. Beethoven's Fidelio, Tina in Jonathan Dove's Flight, and Abigail in Robert Ward's The Crucible.
Christine Buras particularly enjoys performing oratorio, and she recently had the privilege of performing W.A. Mozartís Exsultate Jubilate in St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Her repertoire also includes major works by J.S. Bach, Haydn, G.F. Handel, Rossini, Felix Mendelssohn, Schubert, and W.A. Mozart. She is a regular performer on the Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series at the Royal Academy of Music, and was a soloist for the 2014-2015 academic year. She recently performed on the joint RAM/Juilliard J.S. Bach cantatas tour to New York, Boston, and Leipzig, conducted by Masaaki Suzuki. She also loves performing art song, and has been commended in the Major Van Someren-Godfrey Prize for English Song and the Marjorie Thomas Art of Song prize at the Royal Academy of Music, and was a finalist in the 2015 Joan Chissell Schumann Lieder Prize. She also is a passionate advocate of contemporary music and is a founding member of Ensemble x.y, which was formed in late 2014 by a group of students and alumnae at the Royal Academy of Music to perform and promote new music. She currently lives in London, England.