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Vocalists

Ambur Braid


— Soprano

"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

“Anne Truelove, the only "positive" character of The Rake's Progress, a woman with true love (even in name) was treated with special care in this production. Helped by the good performance of Canadian Ambur Braid, who managed at the same time to give body and voice to the only truly operatic character from beginning to end, but with a greater complexity than usual and using a more dramatic soprano at times.”
Pedro Boléo, Público, June 1, 2015 - Anne Truelove in "The Rake's Progress" at Teatro de São Carlos in Lisbon

“Ambur Braid was our Vitellia, communicating malice with intense acting and a steely, tight vibrato. She cross-pollinated coloratura with verismo in Act 1; Non più di fiori, in Act 2, was nothing less than a mad scene. I must say this raven-haired Canadian does wicked rather well.”
Arthur Kaptainis, National Post, February 7, 2013 - Vitellia in "La clemenza di Tito" at the Canadian Opera Company

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 will sing her first performances of Puccini’s iconic Tosca in a return to 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 geheime Königreich at Oper Frankfurt, a performance the Frankfurter Allgemeine called “a mixture of . . .

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