“The compelling soprano, Ambur Braid” (The New York Times) has been hailed as an artist in “a class unto herself” (Frankfurter Allgemeine) and noted for her intense and dramatically exciting character portrayals.
This season at Oper Frankfurt, where she is a member of the ensemble, Braid reprises the eponymous heroine in Barrie Kosky’s Salome, following her striking debut portrayal this past season. She adds the role of Lidoine to her repertoire, in a new production of Dialogues des Carmélites under Giedre Slekyte. Further ahead she makes two notable house debuts, at l’Opéra national du Lyon and the Bregenzer Festpiele.
Last season at Oper Frankfurt, Ambur Braid took on two major roles: the title in Barrie Kosky’s new production of Salome under Joana Mallwitz and Prinzessin Natalie von Oranien in a Jens-Daniel Herzog production of Henze’s Der Prinz von Homburg under Jonathan Darlington.
In recent seasons, Ambur Braid originated the role of Sabina in the world-premiere of Rufus Wainwright’s Hadrian at the Canadian Opera Company under Music Director Johannes Debus, debuted as Puccini’s Tosca at Calgary Opera, and was widely praised for a thrilling performance as Die Königin in Oper Frankfurt’s new production of Křenek’s Das geheime Königreich, which Frankfurter Allgemeine called “a mixture of Zerbinetta, Kundry, and Lady Macbeth.”
Ambur Braid has received degrees from the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and San Francisco Conservatory and is an alumna of the Canadian Opera Company Studio.
In her native Canada, Ambur recently debuted with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Ottawa singing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. She also features in the Hollywood film The Upside directed by Neil Burger.