Christine Brewer & Craig Terry in Concert

September 7, 2019

Artist Biographies


Christine Brewer is one of the most celebrated singers of our time. Described as “in her prime and sounding glorious” by the New York Times, Brewer is a Grammy Award-winner and was named one of the top 20 sopranos of all time by BBC Music. Her range, golden tone, boundless power, and control make her a favorite of the stage and a highly sought-after concert and recording artist.

Brewer has appeared around the world with orchestras in New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Boston, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Toronto, London, Dresden, Berlin, Leipzig, Paris, Sydney, Japan, Malaysia and many times with her home orchestra the St. Louis Symphony. She is frequently sought after to sing the great symphonic works of Mozart, Brahms, Verdi, Mahler, Beethoven, Wagner, Janáček and Britten. She has performed Strauss’ Four Last Songs over one hundred times and she has also been invited to perform for such special engagements as the re-opening of the Covent Garden with Plácido Domingo for HRH the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.

On the opera stage, Brewer is highly regarded for her striking portrayal of the title role in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, which she has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, Opéra de Lyon, Théatre du Chatelet, Santa Fe Opera, English National Opera, and Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Attracting glowing reviews with each role, she has performed Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde at San Francisco Opera, Gluck’s Alceste with Santa Fe Opera, the Dyer’s Wife in Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten at Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Paris Opera, and Lady Billows in Britten’s Albert Herring at Santa Fe Opera and the Los Angeles Opera.

Christine Brewer’s performance is generously sponsored by Lewis Rice, LLC


Lauded for his “sensitive and stylish” (The New York Times) and “superb” (Opera News) playing, pianist Craig Terry enjoys an international career regularly performing with the world’s leading singers and instrumentalists. Currently Mr. Terry serves as Music Director of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago after having served for eleven seasons at Lyric as Assistant Conductor. Previously, he served as Assistant Conductor at the Metropolitan Opera after joining its Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.

Mr. Terry’s 2018-19 season recital performance schedule includes more than thirty concerts in North America, Europe, Africa, and Australia with artists including Stephanie Blythe, Christine Brewer, Lawrence Brownlee, Jennifer Johnson Cano, Joyce DiDonato, Susan Graham, Ana María Martínez, Eric Owens, Nicholas Phan, Patricia Racette, Hugh Russell, and Heidi Stober.

Mr. Terry hails from Tullahoma, Tennessee, received a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Tennessee Technological University, continued his studies at Florida State University and received a Masters of Music in Collaborative Piano from the Manhattan School of Music where he was a student of pianist Warren Jones.

Craig Terry’s performance and the 9-foot Steinway Concert Grand Piano are generously sponsored by Lewis Rice, LLC

Musical Program

Part I

Dich, teure Halle from Tannhäuser by Richard Wagner

September (Vier letzte Lieder)


Breit über mein Haupt

Ich liebe dich

By Richard Strauss

Vignettes: Letters from George to Evelyn: from the Private Papers of a World War II Bride by Alan Smith


Part II

Dizzy Fingers by Zez Confrey

With a Song in My Heart from Spring is Here by Richard Rodgers

Sing to Me, Sing by Sidney Homer

Review by Celius Dougherty

Hickory Hill by Paul Sargent

Come Rain or Come Shine

I Had Myself a True Love from St. Louis Woman

Happiness is a Thing Called Joe from Cabin in the Sky

By Harold Arlen

When I Have Sung My Songs by Ernest Charles

Love Went a’Riding by Frank Bridge

Sponsorship and Gratitude

Opera Edwardsville would like to thank the generous sponsors who made this performance possible:

Presenting Sponsors:

Lewis Rice, LLC


Artist Sponsors:

Busey Bank

Dr. Theresa Elofson & James Hopkins

Betsy Meyer

Jill & Thomas Schardt

Marian & Mike Smithson

Linda & Joseph Stevens

Suzanne L. Wagner

Patron Sponsors:

Peter Fornof

Holiday Cleaners

Edwardsville Junior Service Club

Karen & John Hunt

Peggy Walsh Kinamore

Mary & Bob LaRose

Dodie Ladd Levi

Susan & Bill Lucco

Metro East Dental Lab

Miller & Maack General Contractors

The Pizzini Family

The Schuh & Pearson Family

Fredna Carlson Scroggins

Meg & Bart Solon

Margaret & Rod Vaught

Brenda Mainer & Bob Wetzel

Carol Wetzel


Dr. & Mrs. Joachim O. Bauer

Mollie & William Beatty

The Benham Family

Jan & John Busker

Maxine & Doug Callies

Patricia & David Cassens

Becky & Dale Claussen

Mrs. Cathy T. Crowder

In memory of Bob Diak

Mrs. & Mr. David Dietzel

Donco, LLC

First National Bank - Maryville Banking Center

The Gerdt & Harvey Family

Sherry & John Gibbons

Ann Gorman

Christine Head

The Hewlett Family

Debbie & John Higgins

Chelsie & Maurice Johnston

Janice Joplin

Mary Ruth Kettenbach

Barb & Tom Kinsella

Michael Lambert & Tim Hutchison

Kris & Scott Lollar

Betsy Mahoney

Lisa & Bill Markowitz

Maureen & Larry Meyers

Emily & SJ Morrison

Kate & John Motley

Cindy & Charles Schmidt

Edward M. Schroeder

Michelle & Jason Stacy

Amy & Bill Stapleton

Dr. & Mrs. John W. Tabash

Kathryn Tallerico & Larry Gallagher

Dr. Rachel V. Tompkins

Town & Country Bank

Missy & Rich Walker

Jennifer & Matt Warren

Jane & Jim Weingartner

Kay B. & David J. Werner

Belinda & Rick Wickham

S. LaVernn Wilson

Joan & Clark Wagner

William Bouvel and Fred Grier



Special Thanks:

Karen & Kim Brunssen

Burton Art Services

City of Edwardsville

Scott Evers

Jim Harper Creative

Brenda Harris

Chris Head

Clayton Hopkins

Alice Nelson

Emily Ottwein

Rivers & Routes

Dr. Marc Schapman

Mikels Skele

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

Wildey Theatre