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Russell Braun

Baritone

Russell Braun

Biography

Renowned for his luminous voice “capable of the most powerful explosions as well as the gentlest covered notes” (Toronto Star) baritone Russell Braun rightfully claims his place on the concert, opera and recital stages of the world. His intelligent and thoughtful portrayals of Chou En-lai, Billy Budd, Prince Andrei, Figaro, Papageno, Count Almaviva, Don Giovanni, Pelléas, Eugene Onegin, and The Traveller have captivated audiences at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, l'Opéra de Paris, the State Opera in Vienna, the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, the Los Angeles Opera, La Scala in Milan, and at the Salzburg and Glyndebourne festivals.

This season Russell Braun returns to the Canadian Opera Company as Peter in Hänsel und Gretel and to Japan for Falke in Die Fledermaus with the Ozawa Music Academy. In the summer, Braun will make his Aix-en-Provence Festival debut as Guglielmo in a Dimitri Tcherniakov production of Così fan tutte. In concert he will be heard with the Toronto Symphony in Messiah and the Insula Orchestra in a Beethoven and Mendelssohn program in Paris and Cologne, as well as in a tribute to Komitas with the Amici Chamber Ensemble in Toronto. Braun will reprise his Hell’s Fury in Stanford, CA and in Québec City and will appear in solo recital in Vancouver and Regina with his wife Carolyn Maule. Future projects include a return to the Canadian Opera Company in a title-role, a debut in Moscow and a world premiere with the Atlanta Symphony.

 

His discography features the Grammy®-nominated Das Lied von der Erde (Dorian), JUNO winners Mozart Arie e duetti (CBC) and Apollo e Daphne, and JUNO nominee Winterreise (CBC). His most recent release is Dietch’s Le VaisseauFantôme with Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble on the Naïve label. DVDs include the Salzburg Festival’s Romeo et Juliette and the Mark Morris dance adaptation of Dido and Aeneas, his much-lauded portrayal of Chou En-lai in Adams’ Nixon in China (Nonesuch) and his performance as Olivier in Capriccio (Decca) at the Metropolitan Opera (released on DVD as part of the company’s Live-in-HD series) and Alexina Louie’s comic opera Burnt Toast.


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