Terrace, B.C native, Ambur Braid, is quickly establishing herself as a rising young artist in dramatic coloratura soprano roles that encompass Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Massenet’s Esclarmonde, Handel’s Semele, and Mozart’s Queen of the Night. Ambur was named one of NOW Magazines “Top Ten Theatre artists” and “She can deliver the trifecta of crystalline high notes, blissfully graceful vocal cadenzas and deep emotional intensity that Mozart liked all his leading sopranos to possess” (Toronto Star).
Recently, Ambur Braid debuted at Teatro de São Carlos in Lisbon as Anne Truelove in a new production of The Rake’s Progress conducted by Joana Carneiro. In the 2015 – 2016 season she makes her UK debut as the Queen of the Night in Simon McBurney’s production of The Magic Flute at the English National Opera, a role she will also sing for Calgary Opera.
Ms. Braid debuted the role of Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail at Opéra Atelier and Violetta in La traviata at Arizona Opera in recent seasons. She has covered the role of Elisabetta in Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux and the title role in Semele at the Canadian Opera Company. In her final season as a member of the ensemble at the Canadian Opera Company, Ms. Braid was seen in Christopher Alden’s new production of Die Fledermaus as Adele in which the Toronto Star called her “sexy, sparky, sensational.” and performed the role of Vitellia in the Ensemble Studio performance of La Clemenza di Tito.
Other recent performances include the role of Stella in Les contes d’Hoffmann and she sang the title role in Handel’s Semele in the COC Ensemble Studio performance. She covered the role of Clémence in Kaija Saariaho’s L’amour de loin at the Canadian Opera Company and sang Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte at Opéra Atelier. Other recent appearances with the Canadian Opera Company include Amore in Orfeo ed Euridice, The Greek Woman in Iphigénie en Tauride, and the Danish Lady in Death in Venice.
A believer in all forms of collaborative art, Ambur has performed with Broken Social Scene, The Arkells, Austra and The Sam Roberts Band. Ms. Braid received degrees from the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music and The San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She has studied with Donna Sherman, Wendy Hillhouse, Marlena Malas, Timothy Noble, Wendy Nielsen, Sheri Greenawald and, most recently, Marina Krilovici in Athens.
Her awards include the East Bay Opera Competition, San Francisco Conservatory Concerto Competition, the Palm Beach Opera Competition, the Louis Quilico Foundation and was nominated by The Canadian Opera Company for the Stella Maris Competition in 2013. In 2012 she was a fellow of Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute and a Crear scholar in 2015.