CHRISTINE BRANDES (USA) has earned acclaim at many of the distinguished opera houses and concert venues. She has sung principal soprano roles at San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, New York City Opera, and the major companies of Houston, Seattle, Philadelphia, Montreal, and Portland, among others. Brandes has collaborated with many renowned conductors, such as Boulez, Mackerras, Hogwood, Glover, Salonen, and McGegan. A formidable concert artist who has appeared with most of this country’s prominent orchestras, she recently appeared with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players in György Kurtág’s Scenes from a Novel and with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Carlo Rizzi, in Debussy’s La demoiselle élue. Brandes has recorded Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 and major works of Purcell, Blow, Arne, Bach, Handel, Haydn, Telemann, Scarlatti, Porpora, Rameau, Eric Moe, and Augusta Read Thomas. As a conductor, Brandes has led two rarely heard works, Haydn’s Armida and Rameau’s Acante et Céphis, for Victory Hall Opera (Charlottesville) and Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice for West Edge Opera (Berkeley).