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Russell Braun

Baritone

  • Renowned for his exquisite and precise tone, and the expressiveness of his characterisations, baritone Russell Braun rightfully claims his place on the leading concert, opera and recital stages around the world. 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 and critics alike. Highlights of the 2023/24 season include Guglielmo Così fan tutte for Théâtre du Châtelet and a return to Festival d'Aix-en-Provence to sing the role of Agamemnon Iphigénie en Aulide.

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  • Recent highlights include making his role debut as Mandryka in a new production of Arabella for Deutsche Oper Berlin, directed by Tobias Kratzer, and Guglielmo Così fan tutte in a new production for Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, directed by Dmitri Tcherniakov, Mendelssohn Elijah with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, and Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.


    Further operatic highlights include  Sam A Quiet Place for Opéra national de Paris, Speaker Die Zauberflöte, Peter Hänsel und Gretel and Don Alfonso Così fan tutte at the Canadian Opera Company, Peter Hänsel und Gretel with Michigan Opera Theatre, a new collaboration with director Tim Albery on Hanns Eisler Hell’s Fury, The Hollywood Songbook,  Luminato Festival, Pentheus The Bassarids, Salzburg Festival, Alfred Ill Der Besuch der alten Dame at Theater an der Wien, Figaro Il barbiere di Siviglia at Calgary Opera and 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. Previous seasons have included Count Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro, Ford Falstaff, Duke of Nottingham Roberto Devereux and Conte di Luna Il trovatore, all with the Canadian Opera Company, Chou En-lai Nixon in China, Lescaut Manon Lescaut and as Olivier alongside Renée Fleming in Capriccio, all at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.


    On the concert platform, Braun sings regularly with the world’s major conductors and orchestras, including the Atlanta Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Danish National Symphony, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and Houston Symphony. With a great affinity for contemporary repertoire, he has performed Peter Eötvös Senza Sangue in Rome, London, Norway and Sweden, Brett Dean Knocking at the Hell Gate with the BBC Symphony in London, and Saariaho Cinque reflets de l’amour de loin with the Radio-Sinfonieorchester in both Stuttgart and Freiburg. Recent highlights include Brahms Vier ernste Gesänge arranged by Detlev Glanert and Fauré Requiem with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.


    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 nominee Winterreise (CBC). His most recent release is Dietch Le vaisseau fantôme with Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble on the Naïve label. DVDs include the Salzburg Festival’s Roméo et Juliette and the Mark Morris dance adaptation of Dido and Aeneas, his much-lauded portrayal of Chou En-lai in Adams Nixon in China (Nonesuch) and 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.

    2023/24 / 527 words. Not to be altered without permission.

Performances

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Opera repertoire

Adams
Chou En-lai Nixon in China
Oppenheimer Dr. Atomic


Berlioz
Chorèbe Les Troyens


Britten
The Traveller Death in Venice
Redburn Billy Budd
Balstrode Peter Grimes

Debussy
Golaud Pelléas et Mélisande


Donizetti
Dr. Malatesta* Don Pasquale
Enrico Lucia di Lammermoor


von Einem
Alfred III Der Besuch der alten Dame 


Gluck
Orestes Iphingénie En Tauride
Agamemnon Iphingénie En Tauride


Gounod
Capulet Roméo Et Juliette

Henze
Pentheus The Bassarids 


Humperdink
Father (Peter) Hänsel & Gretel


Massenet
Lescaut Manon
Brétigny Manon


Mozart
Don Alfonso Cosi fan Tutte
Guglielmo Cosi fan Tutte
Title role Don Giovanni
Conte Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro


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


Saariaho
Jaufré* L'Amour de Loin 


Strauss, J.
Dr. Falke/Eisenstein Die Fledermaus


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


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


Verdi
Germont La traviata 
Conte di Luna Il trovatore
Title role Falstaff
Ford Falstaff

Wagner
Wolfram von Eschenbach Tannhäuser 
Telramund Lohengrin
Amfortas Parsifal


*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
A Sea Symphony
Five Mystical Songs
Donna nobis pacem


*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 

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

Opera Now

The baritone Russell Braun, a standout, delicate and with a vast emotional range of pain, anger and aimlessness

The New York Times, March 2022

Russell Braun is a consummate actor and an artist who continues to astound with his range of roles, from Don Giovanni and Eugene Onegin to extremely taxing roles by contemporary composers like Peter Eötvös and Kaija Saariaho. 

Canadian Opera, August 2023

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Julia Maynard
Deputy Chief Executive / Head of Vocal & Opera
+44 20 7608 9902
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Isabelle Morgan
Associate Artist Manager, Vocal & Opera
+44 20 7608 9947
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