Russell Braun sings Britten's War Requiem at the BBC Proms with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Russell Braun appears at the BBC Proms on 6 September 2018, joining the Royal Scottish National Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall to perform Britten War Requiem. The concert is conducted by the orchestra's outgoing Music Director Peter Oundjian, and Braun performs alongside tenor Allan Clayton and soprano Erin Wall.
Braun arrives in London fresh from an acclaimed performance as Pentheus in Henze The Bassarids at the Salzburg Festival:
"Russell Braun brought unbridled commitment to his portrayal of the weak, sexually repressed King Pentheus, moving from impotent authority to loss of identity, from fulfillment as a woman to honesty as a lost man."
"The king is a wonderful example of the nobility of Russell Braun, a baritone with a radiant strength."
Russell Braun & Sir Willard White return to the Salzburg Festival in the Bassarids
Russell Braun and Sir Willard White return to the Salzburg Festival on 17 August 2018 to star in a new production of Henze The Bassarids by Krzysztof Warlikowski.
Braun takes the role of Pentheus, who succeeds White's Cadmus as king and becomes trapped in a fight to the death with his returning cousing, Dionysus. The Bassarids was premiered at Salzburg in 1966 and is recognized as one of most significant operas of the 20th century. It is based upon Euripides’ Bacchae, which was written shortly before the dramatist's death in 406 BC.
Following the premiere The Bassarids runs until 26 August.
Intermusica at the 2018 BBC Proms
The BBC Proms returns this year on 13 July 2018, and as ever there is a strong Intermusica presence at the festival. This year sees returns for artists including Marin Alsop, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, John Wilson, Colin Currie and Antoine Tamestit, while Intermusica also brings the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and the Baltimore Symphony to the festival as part of the Proms' celebrations of the centenary of Leonard Bernstein's birth. All concerts are broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
On 15 July at 7pm, Colin Currie and Martin James Bartlett join an array of previous winners and finalists for a concert celebrating the 40th anniversary of BBC Young Musician. Currie performs Steve Reich Drumming – Part I with Colin Currie Group members and fellow BBC Young Musician competitors Sam Walton, Aiden Spillet and Owen Gunnell, while Martin James Bartlett performs in Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals.
Susan Bickley renews her relationship with the London Sinfonietta and Sir George Benjamin at 3pm on 21 July in a Prom at the Roundhouse in Camden. Bickley performs in a programme featuring a quartet of war-themed premieres as well as works by Stravinsky, Messiaen and Ives.
Simon Halsey leads the BBC Proms Youth Choir once again this year in concert with Donald Runnicles and the World Orchestra for Peace at 7.30pm on 21 July. They perform Shadow, a new, First World War-themed commission from Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds. Also on the programme are Britten Sinfonia da Requiem and Beethoven Symphony No.9. Halsey returns in August for concerts with the London Symphony Chorus and Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle and in September with the City of Birmingham Symphony Choruses with Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
On 25 July, Ben Gernon returns to the Proms with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Gernon, the orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor, leads the BBC Philharmonic in the world premiere of Tansy Davies What did We See?, an orchestral suite from the composer’s recent opera Between Worlds. He also conducts Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5 ‘Emperor’ with soloist Paul Lewis and Brahms Symphony No.2. The concert starts at 7.30pm.
Martyn Brabbins conducts the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales in a programme celebrating English composer Hubert Parry at 7pm on 27 July. Brabbins conducts Parry’s Symphony No.5 and Hear my words, ye people! alongside works by his pupils Vaughan Williams and Holst. Tai Murray is the soloist in Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending, while soprano Francesca Chiejina and bass-baritone Ashley Riches also feature.
Andrew Manze returns this year alongside the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducting the orchestra in a London-focussed programme at 7pm on 31 July. The concert opens with Haydn Symphony No.104 ‘London’, and after the interval Manze conducts Vaughan Williams A London Symphony.
On 5 August, Brett Dean joins Thomas Dausgaard and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra for their Brandenburg Project. Over two concerts, the orchestra presents Bach’s six Brandenburg Concertos alongside six newly commissioned companion works. Dean performs as viola soloist in the second concert at 7.30pm, while his Approach – Prelude to a Canon is one of the companion works.
Nicholas Collon and his Aurora Orchestra make their annual appearance in a late-night Prom focussing on Shostakovich at 10.15pm on 6 August. Joined once again by BBC broadcaster Tom Service, Collon and the Orchestra unpack the composer’s Symphony No.9 before performing it from memory. The concert also features Shostakovich Piano Concerto No.2 with soloist Denis Kozhukhin.
Intermusica renews its relationship with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Sir Antonio Pappano at 7.30pm on 10 August, bringing them to the Proms as part of the festival's celebrations for the Bernstein centenary (Bernstein was the orchestra's honorary conductor for a decade). Pappano conducts the composer's Symphony No.1 'Jeremiah' alongside Haydn The Creation - Chaos and Mahler Symphony No.1.
Renaud Capuçon appears at the Proms at 7pm on 16 August alongside the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in its debut appearance at the festival. Capuçon is the soloist for Ravel Violin Sonata No.2, which has been orchestrated by Yan Maresz.
Marin Alsop conducts the Proms Scratch Orchestra in two free concerts at Maida Vale Studios on 26 August. The Scratch Orchestra, made up of amateur musicians and members of the BBC Concert Orchestra, performs movements from Shostakovich Symphony No.5.
Joshua Weilerstein returns to the Proms at 7.30pm on 26 August to conduct the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a tribute to Leonard Bernstein’s televised Young People’s Concerts. Utilizing words, projections and music, the concert features works including Stravinsky The Rite of Spring, Ligeti Apparations and Debussy La mer alongside works by Bernstein and Beethoven.
Wallis Giunta makes her Proms debut at 1pm on 27 August, leading a recital of works by Bernstein and his associates at Cadogan Hall. As well as works by Copland, Sondheim and Barber, the concert features the world premiere of a new song by British composer Bushra El-Turk, Crème Brûlée on a Tree, inspired by Bernstein’s recipe settings.
Marin Alsop returns to the Proms at 8pm on 27 August as Intermusica brings the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to the festival for a concert of Bernstein and Shostakovich with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet.
Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique return to the Proms at 7.30pm on 5 September for a programme of Berlioz. They are joined by Antoine Tamestit, who performs Harold in Italy, while Joyce DiDonato sings arias from Le mort de Cléopatre and Les Troyens.
Russell Braun joins the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under Peter Oundjian at 7pm on 6 September as the baritone soloist in Britten War Requiem. Braun performs alongside Erin Wall and Allan Clayton.
Michael Boder & Russell Braun: new production of Der Besuch der alten Dame at Teater an der Wien
Michael Boder and Russell Braun open Gottfried von Einem’s opera Der Besuch der alten Dame at Theater an der Wien on 16 March in a new production by Keith Warner.
Michael Boder’s 2017/18 season so far has included two productions of Tannhäuser, for Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Seongnam Performing Arts Centre. Plans later in the season include, Strauss Capriccio for Wiener Staatsoper and the world premiere of Thomas Larcher Das Jagdgewehr for Bregenz Festspiele.
Der Besuch der alten Dame falls in the middle of a busy season for Russell Braun, who returned to Calgary Opera as Figaro in il barbiere di Siviglia this past autumn to critical acclaim, and made his role debut as Golaud in Debussy Pelléas et Mélisande with the Cincinnati Symphony and Louis Langrée. In summer 2018 Braun will appear as Pentheus in Henze’s The Bassarids for the Salzburg Festival, under Kent Nagano.
For full cast details and tickets, visit the Theatre an der Wien website.
Sofia Fomina, Marianne Beate Kielland & Russell Braun perform Mahler with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra
Sofia Fomina, Marianne Beate Kielland and Russell Braun joins Fabio Luisi and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra for two performances of Mahler Symphony No.8 on 31 August and 1 September.
A regular performer of Mahler’s Symphonies, this season Fomina joined the London Philharmonic Orchestra to perform Mahler’s Symphony No.8 in London and Mahler’s Symphony No.4 in London, Madrid, Valencia, Alicante, New York and Dresden. She also made her debut with the Orchestra of Teatro Real by performing Mahler’s Symphony No.2. Other recent highlights include Olympia Les contes d’Hoffmann at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Marzelline in a concert performance of Fidelio with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Blondchen Die Enführung aus dem Serail at Bayerische Staatsoper and a role and house debut as Berthe Le prophète at Theatre du Capitole Toulouse.
Future highlights include a role and house debut as Rosina Il barbiere di Siviglia at Seattle Opera, Musetta La bohème at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Gilda Rigoletto at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and numerous appearance at Bayerische Staatsoper: Adele Die Fledermaus, Oscar Un ballo in maschera, Arabella Die Fiakiermilli and Angelica in a new production of Haydn’s Orlando Paladino.
Kielland has recently received acclaim for her newly released disc of Mozart lieder entitled Whispering Mozart, and for her recent performances at the Oslo Chamber Music Festival and with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. Highlights of the coming season include Bach Christmas Oratorio with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Mendelssohn Symphony No.2 and Beethoven Symphony No.9 with the Calgary Philharmonic, and Dido and Aeneas with the Netherlands Bach Society.
Braun begins a busy season of work in North America, including Golaud Pelleas et Melisande for Cincinnati Symphony, Figaro Il barbiere di Siviglia for Calgary Opera, Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem for Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and Mahler Symphony No.8 for Montreal Symphony. He can also be seen as Alfred III in Der Besuch der Alten Dame for Theater an der Wien in early 2018.
Brett Dean: Knocking at the Hellgate receives UK premiere by BBCSO & Russell Braun at Barbican Centre
BBC Symphony Orchestra launch their 2016/17 season with the UK premiere of Brett Dean’s Knocking at the Hellgate with Russell Braun at the Barbican Centre on 28 September 2016. The performance is conducted by Sakari Oramo. Knocking at the Hellgate is a four movement suite for baritone and orchestra drawn from Dean’s 2010 opera Bliss.
Dean continues his residency as Artist in Association with BBC Symphony with the world premiere of From Melodious Lay (A Hamlet Diffraction for Soprano, Tenor and Orchestra) in November, conducted by Joshua Weilerstein.
Russell Braun performs Péter Eötvös' Senza Sangue with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Russell Braun travels to Sweden this month for two performances of Péter Eötvös Senza Sangue with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra on 22 and 23 April 2016. Braun premiered the piece alongside Ann Sofie von Otter and the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Alan Gilbert. Senza Sangue is based on a 2002 short story by Alessandro Baricco, and was co-commissioned by the New York Philharmonic and the Cologne Philharmonie.
The previous week, Braun sings Glanert Vier Präludien und Ernste Gesänge with the SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra under Stéphane Denève on 14, 16 and 17 April.
Braun has recently finished a successful run as Count Almaviva in Mozart Le nozze di Figaro for Canadian Opera Company. Later this season he can be seen at the Styriarte Festival in Austria for a concert of Verdi arias and scenes, alongside Michael Hofstetter.
Russell Braun sings in Peter Eötvös world premiere with New York Philharmonic
Russell Braun joins Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic on 8 and 9 May 2015 for the world premiere of Peter Eötvös Senza Sangue alongside mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter. Senza Sangue is a co-commission by the New York Philharmonic and the Cologne Philharmonie, and will have its world premiere on 1 May 2015 in Cologne, followed by performances on 8 and 9 May at Avery Fisher Hall in New York.
Based on a 2002 short story by Alessandro Baricco, Senza Sangue is the newest composition by Hungarian composer Eötvös, the former music director of Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris.
Braun has most recently been seen as Lescaut in Massenet Manon at the Metropolitan Opera, which followed a highly successful run as the title character in Mozart Don Giovanni at the Canadian Opera Company. Braun’s interpretation was highly praised by The Toronto Star, who commented that: “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.”
Russell Braun sings Lescaut in Manon at Metropolitan Opera, New York
Russell Braun returns to the Metropolitan Opera on 9 March to sing Lescaut in Massenet Manon, opposite Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo.
Braun has just completed an acclaimed run in the title role of Don Giovanni at Canadian Opera Company in a revolutionary new production by Dmitri Tcherniakov, prompting one critic to remark, “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” (Toronto Star).
Braun has previously sung Lescaut at La Scala in Milan, and has most recently appeared at the Metropolitan Opera as Valentin in a new production of Gounod Faust with Jonas Kauffman, Chou En-lai in John Adams Nixon in China, and Olivier in Strauss Capriccio alongside Renée Fleming.
Conducted by Emmanuel Villaume, Manon opens on 9 March, with further performances on 12, 17, 21, 25 and 28 March.
Russell Braun performs title role of Don Giovanni for Canadian Opera
Russell Braun sings the title role in Mozart Don Giovanni at Canadian Opera Company opening on 24 January. The role follows his success as Ford in Verdi Falstaff with the COC in October 2014:
“The Act 2 meeting of Falstaff and Ford (the latter disguised as a suitor to his own wife) was not only a hilarious comic routine but a handsome sampler of bass-to-baritone sonority."
Arthur Kaptainis, National Post, October 2014
Braun will be joined by Jennifer Holloway as Donna Elvira, Jane Archibald as Donna Anna, Kyle Ketelsen as Leporello, and Michael Schade as Don Ottavio. Performances will be conducted by Michael Hofstetter, and directed by Dmitri Tcherniakov. This new production is co-produced by Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Bolshoi Theatre, and Teatro Real Madrid.
Don Giovanni opens 24 January, and continues with performances on 27, 30 January, 1, 3, 6, 12, 14, 18 and 21 February at the Four Seasons Centre in Toronto.
Watch an interview with Russell Braun about singing Don Giovanni and Canadian Opera Company's production.
Russell Braun appears with Canadian Opera Company in Falstaff
Russell Braun returns to Canadian Opera Company to sing the role of Ford in their production of Falstaff on 3 October. This new co-production between COC, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Teatro alla Scala, Metropolitan Opera and Dutch National Opera, is directed by Robert Carsen and features baritone Gerald Finley in the title role.
Falstaff opens at COC on 3 October, with further performances on 9, 12, 14, 25, 29 October and 1 November.
Braun, who is a regular at COC, returns to the house later this season to sing the title role in a new production of Don Giovanni.
Russell Braun makes role debut in Roberto Devereux
Baritone Russell Braun makes his role debut as Nottingham in Donizetti Roberto Devereux with the Canadian Opera Company on 25 April. In a revival of Stephen Lawless’s 2009 Dallas Opera production, Braun performs alongside Sondra Radvanovsky as Elisabetta and Giuseppe Filianoti in the title role. The combined forces of the COC will be conducted by Corrado Rovaris.
Roberto Devereux opens at Toronto’s Four Seasons Centre on 25 April, with subsequent performances on 29 April, 3, 10, 15, 18 and 21 May.
Russell Braun returns to the UK to record and perform with Opera Rara
Russell Braun returns to the United Kingdom to record and perform the role of Le Prince in Offenbach’s Fantasio with Opera Rara, culminating with a concert at London's Royal Festival Hall on 15 December.
Braun sings alongside a stellar line up, featuring Sarah Connolly, Brenda Rae, Brindley Sherratt, Robert Murray and Neal Davies, and joins forces with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under the baton of Opera Rara artistic director, Sir Mark Elder. The will spend one week recording for the Opera Rara label before the Royal Festival Hall performance.
This follows his recent European performances of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, for which Braun's contribution received excellent reviews. The Herald wrote:
“I wept openly throughout the exchanges of our soldiers for the night, tenor Jeffrey Francis and baritone Russell Braun, which were sung as one and completely broke me up”
Michael Tumelty, Herald, November 2013
Russell Braun perform Britten’s War Requiem in Scotland, Gothenburg and St Pauls Cathedral
Intermusica baritone Russell Braun, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the CBSO Chorus will perform Britten’s War Requiem at St Paul’s Cathedral on 25 June 2013, as part of the City of London Festival. The nearly-sold out concert sees Edward Gardner conducting along with soloists Toby Spence and Evelina Dobraceva. For the performance, Simon Halsey's prepared CBSO Chorus will be joined by the Choir of St Paul’s Cathedral.
The CBSO premiered the piece in Coventry Cathedral in 1962, and this performance at St Paul’s comes after a recent successful tour in Germany and France that saw both orchestra and choir perform in venues such as the Frauenkirche in Dresden and the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris.
The War Requiem also features in Russell Braun’s 2013/14 season, which sees him return to the UK in November to perform the piece with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra at Edinburgh's Usher Hall (15 November) and Glasgow's Royal Concert Halls (16 November). He will then then travel to Gothenburg to perform the War Requiem with conductor Kent Nagano, soprano Julianna di Giacomo, tenor Lance Ryan and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Choir. The performances take place at Gothenburg Concert Hall on 21 and 22 November.