An American soprano is honoured by France

An American soprano is honoured by France


norman lebrecht

November 07, 2022

The US soprano Christine Goerke was awarded the Chevalier of L’ordre des arts et lettres yesterday after her performance of Elektra at Washington National Opera.

Goerke, 53, was given the award on stage after her curtain call by French Cultural Attaché Denis Quenelle.


  • Una says:

    Welll done her!

  • David A. Boxwell says:

    Presented to the singer while she was still in the filthy frock she sang in. Everybody had a good larf.

  • Hervé Le Mansec says:

    Bravo ! Vous le méritez.

  • Bonnie Topper-Bricker says:

    Detroit is fortunate and honored to have Christine Goerke as an arts ambassador

  • Carl says:

    What exactly have I missed? She neither is specialized in French rep nor does she have an outstanding history in singing with French companies/festivals.

  • Meg says:

    The performance of Elektra was simply awesome (by her and all) and this was a very touching and well-deserved award! She was so gracious when she accepted it too. A very special afternoon at the Kennedy Center. Oh, and that orchestra!! Sounded awesome.