Brenda Christensen

Biography

Dramatic Soprano


Canadian Dramatic Soprano Brenda Christensen has been living and working in Frankfurt, Germany for the past seven years.


“A soprano with a fresh sound and electrifying high notes.”


Brenda Christensen has performed throughout North America and Europe for the past twenty years. She is presently concentrating on the roles of Elisabeth (Tannhäuser), Senta (The Flying Dutchman), Leonore (Fidelio), Agatha (Der Freischütz), Ellen Orford (Peter Grimes) and the title roles of Ariadne, Tosca and Turandot.


She has extensive experience as a solo recitalist, having performed in Frankfurt and Cologne, Germany; Chios, Greece; Vermont, USA; and Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg and the Okanagan in Canada. Two highlighted recitals were at the European Central Bank Arts Night in Frankfurt and a special recital as part of a master class taught by Cheryl Studer in Chios, Greece. Brenda was also honoured to be the guest soloist at the farewell celebration for Mr. Constâncio, the now former Vice President of the European Central Bank. A recording of this performance can be viewed on the Video page of this website.


Ms. Christensen has further benefited from additional training in Germany, Norway and Canada. As a member of the Opera Lyra Ottawa Young Artists program, she performed the role of the Witch in Hansel and Gretel at the Fourth Stage at the National Arts Center in Ottawa, Canada. She sang Berta in The Barber of Seville with the Toronto Summer Music Festival, and Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance with the Okanagan Vocal Arts Festival.


Brenda completed a post-Baccalaureate diploma in Music Performance and Voice at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. At Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada, she attained a Bachelor degree majoring in music and minoring in drama. Brenda has trained her voice with Deborah Polaski, Tracy Dahl, Joanne Kolomyjec and Robert MacLaren.


Brenda currently owns and operates a successful voice studio in Frankfurt Alt-Niederursel where she trains the next generation of singers. Brenda has had voice studios in Frankfurt, Winnipeg and Ottawa over the past sixteen years.