Was born in New York. She studied at Westminster Choir College in Princeton and at Indiana University in Bloomington. She made her stage debut in 1995 as Fiordiligi (»Così fan tutte«) at the Lyric Opera Chicago. The following year she debuted at the Staatsoper unter den Linden Berlin as Elsa in »Lohengrin«. Since then, she’s had engagements at all of the world’s leading opera houses and festivals, including La Scala in Milan, the Met in New York, the Royal Opera House London, the Opéra National de Paris, the Wiener Staatsoper, the Bayreuther Festspiele and the Salzburger Festspiele, the Bayerische Staatsoper München, the Opernhaus Zürich, the Staatsoper Berlin, the Semperoper Dresden, the Staatsoper Hamburg, primarily in Wagner roles (Irene in »Rienzi«, Elisabeth in »Tannhäuser«, Elsa, Eva in »Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg«, Sieglinde in »Walküre«, Gutrune in »Götterdämmerung«), but also in other roles including Salome, Ariadne (»Ariadne auf Naxos«), Chrysothemis (»Elektra«), Feldmarschallin (»Der Rosenkavalier«), Kaiserin (»Die Frau ohne Schatten«), Desdemona (»Otello«), Amelia (»Simone Boccanegra«), Tosca, Minnie (»La fanciulla del West«), Jenůfa, and Ellen Orford (»Peter Grimes«). She has worked with conductors including Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Chailly, Riccardo Muti, Simon Rattle, Bruno Bartoletti, Antonio Pappano, Daniele Gatti, Jeffrey Tate, Zubin Mehta, Philipp Jordan, and Franz Welser-Möst. She has been nominated for a Grammy Award and for an OPUS Klassik, and was the recipient of a prize from the Deutsche Schalplatten Kritik. She recently made her debut as Turandot at the Festival Torre del Lago. She debuts at the Oper Leipzig as Gutrune in »Götterdämmerung« and returns in the upcoming 2022/23 season Elsa in »Lohengrin«.