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Russell Braun

Baritone

  • 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 2017-2018 season features Braun's return to l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, his role debut as Golaud in Debussy Pelléas et Mélisande with the Cincinnati Symphony, appearances in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Calgary Opera and as Alfred in Der Besuch der Alte Dame (Visit of the Old Lady) by Gottfried Von Einem at Vienna’s Theatre an der Wien.


    The highlight of Braun's 2016-2017 season was 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 sang 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 performed 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. 


    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. 


    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.

    2017-18 / 799 words. Not to be altered without permission.

Performances

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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

Adams
Chou En-lai Nixon in China


Berlioz
Chorèbe Les Troyens


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


Chabrier
Henri de Valois* Le Roi Malgré Lui


Davis 
Le Gentil** Transit of Venus


Debussy
Golaud Pelléas et Mélisande
Orestes Iphegénie en Tauride


Donizetti
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


Gluck
Orestes* Iphingénie En Tauride


Gounod
Mercutio Roméo Et Juliette
Valentin Faust


Henze
Pentheus The Bassarids 


Hoiby
Ferdinand The Tempest


Marschner
Lord Ruthven Der Vampyr


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


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


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


Offenbach
Title role Monsieur Choufleuri


Puccini
Lescaut Manon


Purcell
Aeneas Dido and Aeneas


Prokofiev
Prince Andrei War and Peace


Rameau
Borilée Les Boréades


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


Saariaho
Jaufré* L'Amour de Loin 


Saint-Saëns
Title role Henry VIII


Somers
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 


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


Thomas
Title role Hamlet


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


Wagner
Wolfram von Eschenbach Tannhäuser 
Telramund Lohengrin 


*in preparation / **world premiere

Concert repertoire

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


Beethoven
Symphony No.9
Choral Fantasia


Brahms
Ein Deutsches Requiem


Burge
Mass For Prisoners Of Conscience**


Eötvös
Senza Sangue** 


Fauré
Requiem


Finzi
Let Us Garlands Bring


Handel
Messiah


Lieberson
The World in Flower**


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


Mendelssohn
Elijah


Mozart
Requiem
Coronation Mass
Vesperae Solennes De Confessore


Orff
Carmina Burana


Ravel
Don Quichotte À Dulcinée


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


Saint-Saëns
Christmas Oratorio


Vaughan Williams
Five Mystical Songs
Donna nobis pacem


Walton
A Sea Symphony


*in preparation / **world premiere 

Recital repertoire

Beethoven
An Die Ferne Geliebte
Gellert Lieder
Selected Songs


Bellini
Selected Songs


Brahms
Vier Ernste Gesänge*
Liebeslieder Waltzer
Die Schöne Magelone
Selected Songs


Britten
Three songs by William Blake*
A Charm of Lullabys


Butterworth
A Shropshire Lad


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


Fauré
La bonne chanson
L'horizon chimérique
Selected Songs


Finzi
Let us Garlands Bring


Gounod
Selected Songs


Loewe
Selected Songs / Ballads


Mahler
Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen
Lieder Aus Des Knaben Wunderhorn


Massenet


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


Mendelssohn
Selected Songs


Monteverdi
Selected Works
Mascagni
Five Songs


Morawetz
Father William
Selected Songs


Mozart
Selected Songs


Oliver
In the Flesh**


Purcell
Selected Songs


Poulenc
Selected Songs
Bal Masqué*


Ravel
Don Quichotte à Dulcinée


Reger
Selected Songs


Robertson
Three Songs**


Schubert
Gesänge Des Harrfners
Selected Songs
Schöne Müllerin
Schwanengesang
Winterreise


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


Strauss
Drei Lieder für hohen Bass
Selected Songs


Tchaikovsky
Selected Songs


Vaughan Williams
Songs Of Travel
Five Mystical Songs
Selected Songs


Verdi
Selected Songs


Wolf
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

Intermusica represents Russell Braun in Europe

Julia Maynard
Director / Head of Vocal & Opera
+44 20 7608 9902
jmaynard@intermusica.co.uk

Rachel Walters
Senior Artist Manager, Vocal & Opera
+44 20 7608 9903
rwalters@intermusica.co.uk

Martha Hartman
Associate Artist Manager, Vocal & Opera
+44 20 7608 9921
mhartman@intermusica.co.uk

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