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Vocalists

Ambur Braid


— Soprano

“…Braid was still the dominant vocal presence in this production, her singing the most nuanced and, ultimately, the most beautiful. Youthful in general demeanour, she realistically represented the character of a Tosca who captivated the hearts of both her tenor lover and Scarpia, the villainous chief of police. Moving easily on stage and without stiffness, she projected an unusually sympathetic Tosca, more capricious than maddeningly willful, as is sometimes the case with this role.”
Kenneth DeLong, Calgary Herald, April 15, 2018 - Title Role in "Tosca" at Calgary Opera

“Gaetano Donizetti's Roberto Devereux's audacious coloratura arias in the opera genre represent something of a pinnacle for the interpreter. From dizzying heights in multiple-octave leaps to deep down in the limits of the mezzo-soprano register - there is an enormous vocal range required. Not many singers are able to perform this role with such sovereignty as Ambur Braid did on her role debut in the Frankfurt Opera. Her arias were accompanied on this evening by frenetic applause and cheers. As fast as Braid speeds up and down the scale, the feelings of the protagonists also change. During the two-hour performance, the audience embarks on an emotional roller coaster ride. Even if the stage performance, costumes and orchestra pit are omitted in the concert performance, the Canadian soprano, as Queen of England, shows theatrical talent.”
Sebastian Kraemer, Offenbach Post, February 5, 2018 - Elisabetta in "Roberto Devereux" at Oper Frankfurt

“The Canadian soprano Ambur Braid, who had taken over the main part a few days before the two performances and will be a member of the Frankfurt Opera ensemble next season, accredited the extremes of the role impressively - not only with their trumpeting tones, but also with a dramatically strengthened vocal range. Love, hate, and jealousy: Braid gave a lot of emotional expression with pleasure…”
Axel Zibulski, Frankfurter Allgemeine, February 5, 2018 - Elisabetta in "Roberto Devereux" at Oper Frankfurt

"Ms. Braid, when in despair, allowed her gleaming sound to turn acidic and steely. In this staging, a climactic aria for Aci becomes a veritable mad scene, which Ms. Braid delivered with unhinged intensity."
Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, July 14, 2017 - Aci in "Aci, Galatea e Polifemo" at National Sawdust

“Ambur Braid as a champagne-colored coloratura in a pleated blouse is in a class unto herself when she sings the Queen, a mixture of Zerbinetta, Kundry, and Lady Macbeth.”
Jan Brachmann, Frankfurter Allgemeine, May 4, 2017 - Die Königin in "Das geheime Königreich" at Oper Frankfurt

"As the denizen of darkness, Canadian soprano Ambur Braid was a formidable Queen of the Night, her upper register impressively firm and all notes hit in the merciless ‘Der Hölle Rache’."
John E. de Wald, Opera Britannia, February 6, 2016 - Queen of the Night in "The Magic Flute" at English National Opera

About

Ambur Braid has been praised as a “powerful soprano” by the New York Times and “a class unto herself” (Frankfurter Allgemeine), delivering her portrayals with an “unhinged intensity.”

In the 2017-2018 season, Ambur returned to the Frankfurt Opera for acclaimed concert performances of Elisabetta I in Donizetti's Roberto Devereux. She will sing her first performances of Puccini’s iconic Tosca with the Calgary Opera and will debut with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa singing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. She recently appeared as The Queen in a new production of Krenek’s Das . . .

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