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.” For 2019-2020 she returns to the ensemble at Oper Frankfurt for debuts as the title role in a new production of Salome directed by Barrie Kosky, Prinzessin Natalie von Oranien in a new production of Henze’s Der Prinz von Homburg directed by Jens-Daniel Herzog, and Elektra in a revival of Idomeneo. She will also reprise the role Die Königin in Křenek’s Das geheime Königreich, in which the Frankfurter Allgemeine called her performance during the new production in 2018 “a mixture of Zerbinetta, Sundry, and Lady Macbeth.” Ms. Braid joined the ensemble last season where she was the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte, Helmwige in Die Walküre, and Scintilla in Bruno Maderna’s Satyricon. She also originated the role of Sabina in the world premiere of Rufus Wainwright’s Hadrian at the Canadian Opera Company in a star-studded cast that included Thomas Hampson, Karita Mattila, and Ben Heppner. Ambur stepped in at the last minute to sing concert performances of Elisabetta in Roberto Devereux at Oper Frankfurt to great critical and audience acclaim. She was also featured in the Hollywood feature film The Upside..
Recently, Ms. Braid performed the title role of Puccini’s iconic Tosca at the Calgary Opera, the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte conducted by Bernard Labadie, as well as a highly-acclaimed portrayal of Dalinda in Richard Jones’s production of Ariodante conducted by Johannes Debus at the Canadian Opera Company. 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 the Canadian Opera Company, Opera Atelier, 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. Her New York debut took place at National Sawdust in Christopher Alden’s production of Handel’s rarity Aci, Galatea e Polifemo with countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo. She also debuted with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa singing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.
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.