Saturday, October 18, 2008

Celebrating Canadian Baritone Russell Braun

With a stream of accolades, it is difficult to say something new about Canadian baritone Russell Braun. Currently receiving rave reviews as Prince Andrei Bolkonsky in the Canadian Opera Company's new production of War and Peace, Russell is a baritone that creates a light attack and an incredibly smooth legato while maintaining a big, round baritone sound.

In addition to his busy performing schedule, he is serving on the faculty of the University of Toronto with his wife pianist Carolyn Maule. Their long affiliation with the faculty there first as students and now as teachers and mentors, has touched many young Canadian singers.

Recently Russell and Carolyn joined forces with Micheal Schade in a recital at Roy Thompson Hall in their hometown of Toronto. CBC radio is providing it streamed here.

Finally, check out his incredible delivery of Mercutio's aria from Romeo et Juliette from the 2008 Salzburg Festival:

2 comments:

Toreadorssong's Vocal Technique Blog said...

A superb singer indeed! Balanced in every way! Thank you for posting this.

Elizabeth McDonald said...

Thanks for reading. I enjoy your blog as well!

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