Praised as a “powerful soprano” by the New York Times, delivering her portrayals with an “unhinged intensity,” Ambur Braid has also been described as an artist in “a class unto herself” (Frankfurter Allgemeine).
This season, Ms. Braid returned to Oper Frankfurt for acclaimed concert performances of Elisabetta I in Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux. She also debuted with Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, singing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, and 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.” Her first performances of Puccini’s iconic Tosca with the Calgary Opera will take place in April.
Ambur will open her 2018-19 season performing the role of Hadrian’s wife, Sabina, opposite Thomas Hampson in the title role in Rufus Wainright’s highly anticipated opera with the Canadian Opera Company (COC). She will also join the ensemble at Oper Frankfurt singing leading roles of her repertoire in exciting new productions.
Recent season highlights include Ambur‘s return to the COC 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 Trulove in a new production of Stravinsky’s 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.
Ms. Braid is an alumna of the COC Ensemble 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. 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.