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.
Russell Braun Canadian baritone
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.
The 2015-2016 season offers Russell Braun a challenging combination of concerts and operas in works from Brahms, Mozart and Vaughn Williams to Hans Werner Henze and Peter Eötvös. The season opens in Amsterdam, with performances of Brahms’s Vier Ernste Gesänge arranged by Detlev Glanert and Fauré’s Requiem with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, followed by Vaughn Williams’s A Sea Symphony with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Russell makes his role debut as Pentheus in Hans Werner Henze’s The Bassarids with the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma before returning to the COC as Count Almaviva in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. In April, following concerts at the New Creations Festival in Toronto and with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony, Russell reprises Peter Eötvös Senza Sangue in Bergen (Norway) and Göteberg (Sweden), a work he premiered in May 2015with the New York Philharmonic in Cologne and New York.
The 2014-2015 season also featured his debut as Ford in the Canadian Opera Company production of Falstaff, the title role of Don Giovanni, also with the COC, as Lescaut with in the Metropolitan Opera production of Manon,and in a special evening called ‘The Music of McEwan’ with author Ian McEwan and pianist Angela Hewitt at the 92nd St Y in New York. Recent seasons include debuts as the Duke of Nottingham in Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux and as Conte di Luna in Verdi’s Il Trovatore with the Canadian Opera Company, as Chou En-lai in John Adams’s Nixon in China and as Olivier alongside Renée Fleming in Capriccio, both at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Russell has also recently appeared in Iphigénie en Tauride and l’Amour de Loin also with the COC, in a new production of Faust at the Metropolitan Opera, and in Manon at La Scala.
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 nomineeWinterreise (CBC). His most recent release is Dietch’s Le Vaisseau Fantôme with Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble on the Naïve label. DVDs include the Salzburg Festival’sRomeo et Juliette and the Mark Morris dance adaptation of Dido and Aeneas, his much-lauded portrayal of Chou En-lai in Adams’s 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.
Russell Braun makes his home near Toronto with his wife, pianist Carolyn Maule and their sons, Benjamin and Gabriel.