Getting to know Christine Brewer

This weekend there's a special concert that's become a bit of tradition. It's the 6th annual 9/11 interfaith commemoration in music and it features a a local woman known all over the world.

She's not a name dropper, but she has plenty of names to drop.
"Well, I sung at the Met, I sang quite a bit at the Royal Opera House in London," Christine Brewer says.
She actually performed there for the Queen of England.
"Now when you meet the Queen do not speak to her before she speaks to you," Brewer explains.
She has led an incredibly interesting life.  One that began in a small town in southern Illinois and has always involved music.
"You know what, I don't know when I didn't sing.  My family says I sang publicly for the first time when I was three." 
But the road that led her to becoming one of the top sopranos of all time had plenty of twists and turns.
"My voice really, really didn't develop until my late twenties so I taught school and sang in the chorus at Opera Theater and the St. Louis Symphony," she explains.
She was eventually plucked from the pack.
"A couple of the conductors said you know she really has a voice and finally the director of the Opera said I don't think you need to be teaching any more."
That was 1989 and she's been stepping onto stages all over the world ever since.
"It's so funny how they say oh she's an overnight success but I had been working on it for like eight, ten years," Brewer points out. 
She's is still a work in progress.
"I always tell young singers you need to have a village of coaches and teachers and acting coaches and people you can trust to tell you the truth.  And say you know what that doesn't sound too good today Chris let's see what we can do."
What she can do is sing in several language.
"Italian, French, English, I've sung Czech and Russian and recorded some Polish songs with the Atlanta symphony," she adds.
However, she primarily sings in German and if she had to pick her favorite audience it would probably be her three year old grandson Oscar.
"Oh he gets some good lullabies."
So Christine Brewer has a lot to be thankful for and we can be thankful that Tim O'leary from Opera Theatre asked her to be part of a special concert this weekend.
"His idea was unity through music.  It is so eclectic and the music is so diverse, it's one of the most beautiful things I'm a part of."


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