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 Zerbinetta, Kundry, and Lady Macbeth.” In the 2018-2019 season, Ambur will join the ensemble at Oper Frankfurt singing leading roles of her repertoire in exciting new productions. Recently, Ambur returned to the Canadian Opera Company as the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte conducted by Bernard Labadie and a highly-acclaimed portrayal of Dalinda in Richard Jones’s production of Ariodante conducted by Johannes Debus. She made her UK debut as a formidable Queen of the Night in Simon McBurney’s production of The Magic Flute at the English National Opera, a role she also sang for Calgary Opera and her German debut at Oper Frankfurt. She debuted at Teatro de São Carlos in Lisbon as Anne Truelove in a new production of The Rake’s Progress conducted by Joana Carneiro and made her New York debut at National Sawdust in Christopher Alden’s production of Handel’s rarity Aci, Galatea e Polifemo with countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo.
Ambur is an alumna of the Canadian Opera Company Studio where she has performed Vitellia in La clemenza di Tito, the title role in Semele, and Adele in Christopher Alden’s dark production of Die Fledermaus. She has also covered the role of Elisabetta in Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux and Clémence in Kaija Saariaho’s L’amour de loin as a member of the Studio. Other appearances with the COC include Amore in Orfeo ed Euridice, The Greek Woman in Iphigénie en Tauride, and the Danish Lady in Death in Venice. She received degrees from the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music and San Francisco Conservatory.