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Russell Braun


  • Canadian baritone Russell Braun has excelled on international stages in concert, opera and recital. He has made appearances at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Opéra National de Paris, Wiener Staatsoper, the Lyric Opera in Chicago, the Los Angeles Opera, La Scala, Salzburg and Glyndebourne Festivals with his powerful voice and commanding presence in roles such as Billy Budd, Prince Andrei, Figaro, Papageno, Count Almaviva, Don Giovanni, Pelléas and Eugene Onegin.

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  • The highlight of Braun's 2016-2017 season is the title role of the Canadian Opera Company’s new production of Louis Riel in Toronto at the Four Seasons Centre and in Ottawa with the National Arts Centre Orchestra presented as part of the celebrations surrounding Canada’s 150th Anniversary. In an intense concert season, Braun reprises Peter Eötvös’s Senza Sangue in Rome and London, Brett Dean’s Knocking at the Hell Gate with the BBC Symphony in London, and Kaija Saariaho’s Cinque reflets aus: l’amour de loin with the Radio-Sinfonieorchester in both Stuttgart and Freiburg. He also performs Carmina Burana with l’orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Fauré’s Requiem and Brahms’s Four Serious Songs with the Toronto Symphony at Roy Thomson Hall, Elijah with Chorus Niagara, and Handel’s Messiah with the Nashville Symphony.

    Recent operatic highlights include appearances with the Canadian Opera Company for Count in Mozart Le nozze di Figaro, Ford Falstaff and title role Don Giovanni, the Duke of Nottingham in Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux and Conte di Luna in Verdi’s Il Trovatore, as well as Oreste Iphigénie en Tauride and Jaufré Rudel L’amour de loin; Valentin in a new production of Faust at the Metropolitan Opera and Lescaut Manon at both La Scala and the Metropolitan. Previous seasons have featured his highly successful role debuts as Chou En-lai in John Adams’s Nixon in China and Olivier Capriccio alongside Renée Fleming, both at the Met, The Traveller in Britten’s Death in Venice at the Theatre an der Wien and Manon at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as well as on the Royal Opera tour to Japan. Other recent operatic highlights include a return to the Salzburg Festival as Mercutio in the revival production of Roméo et Juliette, his role debut as Prince Andrei in the COC’s production of War and Peace, Papageno Die Zauberflöte with the Paris Opera, Valentin Faust for Covent Garden, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte on tour in Japan with the Salzburg Festival, and the title role of Eugene Onegin with the Opera Lyra Ottawa. He made his house debut at La Scala in the title role of Pelléas et Mélisande, and sang Orestes in the Paris Opera’s Iphegénie en Tauride, the title role Eugene Onegin with the San Francisco Opera, the title role Billy Budd and as Enrico Lucia di Lammermoor with COC. He has also appeared in I Pagliacci and Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Met, in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Salzburg Festival, in Roméo et Juliette, Die Zauberflöte, Ariadne auf Naxos, Die Fledermaus and Billy Budd at the Wiener Staatsoper, in Così fan tutte, Faust and Pelléas et Mélisande at Paris Opera.

    Equally in demand on the concert platform, Braun has recently performed the world premiere of Peter Eötvös's Senza Sangue with Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic, Faure Requiem with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Britten’s War Requiem with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, and with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in the City of London Festival at St Paul’s Cathedral; Le Prince in Offenbach’s Fantasio in performance and recording with Sir Mark Elder, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Opera Rara, a concert performance of Jaufré Rudel in Saariaho’s L'amour de loin with Norwegian National Opera, Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 with Vancouver Symphony Orchestram, Faure Requiem with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Orff Carmina Burana with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Mendelssohn Elijah with the Washington National Symphony, Mahler Das Lied von der Erde with the Smithsonian Chamber Players in Toronto’s Koerner Hall, Bach St. Matthew Passion with the Calgary Philharmonic, Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony with the Nashville and Colorado Symphony Orchestras and a recital with pianist Carolyn Maule in High River, Alberta. In previous seasons he sang with the New York Philharmonic in the World Premiere of The World in Flower, a new work by Peter Lieberson, and made his appearances at the BBC Proms, the Salzburg Festival and the Tanglewood Festival. He has also performed with many of the world’s leading conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, David Robertson, Michael Tilson-Thomas, Claudio Abbado, Sylvain Cambreling, James Conlon, Bruno Campanella, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Richard Bradshaw and Bernard Labadie, appearing with major orchestras in Europe, Canada and the United States including the San Francisco Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Dallas Symphony, the Toronto Symphony, l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Edmonton Symphony and the Calgary Philharmonic.

    His extensive discography includes the GRAMMY-nominated Mahler Das Lied von der Erde with Dorian, his highly acclaimed and JUNO-nominated recording of Schubert Winterreise with pianist Carolyn Maule and the 2007 JUNO-award-winning recording of Mozart arias with tenor Michael Schade and soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian, both on the CBC Records label. His highly acclaimed Salzburg Festival appearance as Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette was released on DVD. Most recently his performance of Troïl in Dietsch's Le vaisseau fantôme with Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble and Marc Minkowski was released by Naïve to critical acclaim.

    2016-17 / 906 words. Not to be altered without permission.


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Season highlights

Title Role Louis Riel
Canadian Opera Company (world premiere)

Eötvös Senza Sangue
BBC Symphony Orchestra and Accademia di Santa Cecilia

Fauré Requiem & Brahms' Four Serious Songs
Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Opera repertoire

Chou En-lai Nixon in China

Chorèbe Les Troyens

The Traveller Death in Venice
Title Role Billy Budd
Ned Keene* Peter Grimes
Sid Albert Herring

Henri de Valois* Le Roi Malgré Lui

Le Gentil** Transit of Venus

Golaud Pelléas et Mélisande
Orestes Iphegénie en Tauride

Dr. Malatesta* Don Pasquale
Don Pedro Maria Padilla
Enrico Lucia di Lammermoor

von Einem
Alfred III Der Besuch der alten Dame 

Gilbert & Sullivan
Captain Corcoran H.M.S. Pinafore
Stephon Iolanthe
Grosvenor Patience
Pirate King Pirates Of Penzance

Orestes* Iphingénie En Tauride

Mercutio Roméo Et Juliette
Valentin Faust

Pentheus The Bassarids 

Ferdinand The Tempest

Lord Ruthven Der Vampyr

Lescaut Manon
King Cendrillon
Title role* Werther (Baritone Version)

Ulisse Il Ritorno d'Ulisse In Patria
Ottone L'Incoronazione Di Poppea
Title role* L'Orfeo

Colas Bastien & Bastienne
Don Alfonso Cosi fan Tutte
Title role Don Giovanni
Conte Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro
Papageno Die Zauberflöte

Title role Monsieur Choufleuri

Lescaut Manon

Aeneas Dido and Aeneas

Prince Andrei War and Peace

Borilée Les Boréades

Figaro Il barbiere di Siviglia
Taddeo* L'Italiana in Algeri
Dandini* La Cenerentola

Jaufré* L'Amour de Loin 

Title role Henry VIII

Hotel Manager** Mario and the Magician
Title role** Louis Riel 

Strauss, J.
Dr. Falke/Eisenstein Die Fledermaus

Strauss, R.
Harlequin Ariadne auf Naxos
Olivier Capriccio
Mandryka Arabella 

Title role Eugene Onegin
Ibn-Hakia Iolanta
Prince Eletsky* Pique Dame

Title role Hamlet

Germont La traviata 
Conte di Luna Il trovatore 
Ford Falstaff
Rodrigo Don Carlos 

Wolfram von Eschenbach Tannhäuser 
Telramund Lohengrin 

*in preparation / **world premiere

Concert repertoire

B Minor Mass
Coffee Cantata No.211
Cantatas No. 32, No.110, No.138, No.147
Christus St. Matthew Passion
Christus St. John Passion
Christmas Oratorio

Symphony No.9
Choral Fantasia

Ein Deutsches Requiem

Mass For Prisoners Of Conscience**

Senza Sangue** 


Let Us Garlands Bring


The World in Flower**

Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen
Das Lied Von Der Erde
Lieder Aus Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Rückert Lieder
Symphony No.8


Coronation Mass
Vesperae Solennes De Confessore

Carmina Burana

Don Quichotte À Dulcinée

Fünf Lieder: Mein Traum, Flieder, Glückes Genug, Wiegenlied, Fromm

Christmas Oratorio

Vaughan Williams
Five Mystical Songs
Donna nobis pacem

A Sea Symphony

*in preparation / **world premiere 

Recital repertoire

An Die Ferne Geliebte
Gellert Lieder
Selected Songs

Selected Songs

Vier Ernste Gesänge*
Liebeslieder Waltzer
Die Schöne Magelone
Selected Songs

Three songs by William Blake*
A Charm of Lullabys

A Shropshire Lad

Fêtes Gallantes I,II
Trois Ballades de Paul Villon*
Selected Songs

La bonne chanson
L'horizon chimérique
Selected Songs

Let us Garlands Bring

Selected Songs

Selected Songs / Ballads

Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen
Lieder Aus Des Knaben Wunderhorn


Poème du souvenir
Poème d'amour
Poème d'avril
Poème d'hiver
Poème d'automne

Selected Songs

Selected Works
Five Songs

Father William
Selected Songs

Selected Songs

In the Flesh**

Selected Songs

Selected Songs
Bal Masqué*

Don Quichotte à Dulcinée

Selected Songs

Three Songs**

Gesänge Des Harrfners
Selected Songs
Schöne Müllerin

Liederkreis, op.39
Liederkreis, op.47*
Spanisches Liederbuch
Selected Songs

Drei Lieder für hohen Bass
Selected Songs

Selected Songs

Vaughan Williams
Songs Of Travel
Five Mystical Songs
Selected Songs

Selected Songs

Italienisches Liederbuch
Selected Songs

*in preparation / **world premiere 

You have never seen anything in your life quite like the production of Don Giovanni which the Canadian Opera Company opened on Saturday afternoon at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts…. Russell Braun is there to sing and act him to perfection and even though most of the time his self-indulgent debauched countenance looks as though his last name were Crowe, his voice is a million times better… At the centre of it all is Braun, playing an addict to sex and booze and self who is rapidly plunging towards hell. He throws himself into this interpretation so completely that all you can do is hold your breath during it and cheer wildly when it’s over.

The Toronto Star

Baritone Russell Braun is such a fine actor that he managed to establish the Duke of Nottingham as an emotional tinderbox beneath his initially innocuous exchanges with Sara and his fervent defense of Devereux. It was therefore no surprise, when Nottingham found the scarf Sara had embroidered for Devereux, that his stunned reaction should turn into the unstoppable rage that was so frightening in his Act III scene with Sara. Though he was able to chill the natural warmth of his voice, Braun added a plaintive note to Nottingham’s fiercest scenes with Sara and Devereux that expressed the depth of suffering beneath his anger.

Opera News

Russell Braun’s Troïl is a model of style and elegance.

Opera Now

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