Russell Braun


Russell Braun's distinguished international career has taken him to the world's greatest stages including the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Opéra de Paris, the Vienna Staatsoper, the Lyric Opera in Chicago, Los Angeles Opera, La Scala, and the Salzburg and Glyndebourne Festivals.

His powerful voice and commanding presence have given vigor to such roles as Prince Andrei (War and Peace), Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Pelléas (Pelléas et Mélisande), and the title roles of Billy Budd, Don Giovanni and Eugene Onegin.

Russell's 2011-12 season features performances in the Canadian Opera Company (COC) productions of Iphigénie en Tauride and l'Amour de Loin, and in a new production of Faust at the Metropolitan Opera to be broadcast live in HD. He also makes a return to La Scala as Lescaut in Manon, a co-production with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, in which Russell Braun appeared in both London and in Japan. Concerts and recitals will see him return to the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Carmina Burana, Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde with the Smithsonian Chamber Players in Toronto's Koerner Hall, Bach's St. Matthew Passion with the Calgary Philharmonic, A Sea Symphony with the Colorado Symphony, and in recital with pianist Carolyn Maule in High River, Alberta.

Highlights of the 2012-2013 season include his role debut at Di Luna in Il Trovatore with the COC, performances as Don Giovanni in Madrid, Handel's Messiah, and a recital in Washington.

Russell's impressive discography includes the 2008 Grammy nominated Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde (Dorian), 2007 JUNO winner Mozart Arie e duetti (CBC), and 2006 JUNO nominee Winterreise (CBC).

March 2012
Russell Braun