“Schade and Braun were superlative partners, blending their voices with harmonious confidence. There was no sense of one-upmanship, no outbursts of egotistical bravura…. In their latest outing, both glowed brightly, like binary stars in a musical universe.”
San Diego Union Tribune
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. 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...
“One of the most delightful pairings of this year’s festival so far has been that of tenor Michael Schade and baritone Russell Braun. They have all the seductive warmth and elegance of Felicity Lott and Anne Murray married to two of the most succulent voices around. ..There was much to admire in their duets by Schumann and Saint-Saëns, in particular the communion of two voices perfectly matched in dexterity and timbre.”