Russell Braun

Biography

Country: Germany  
Russell Braun became one of North America's most promising young baritones in the 1990s. The son of baritone Victor Braun, he was born and raised in Frankfurt, Germany. He moved to Canada and continued his education, and is a graduate of the Opera Division of the University of Toronto.

In 1994, he won a leading Canadian competition, the George London Award. He has equal interest in operatic and song recital performance. He has sung at
Read more many major opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Opera de Monte Carlo and the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto.

In 1997, he debuted at the Opéra de Paris in the title role of Debussy's Pélleas et Mélisande in an acclaimed Robert Wilson production, repeated with great success in the Salzburg Festival.

He has sung in concert at the Salzburg Festival and with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony, and at New York's Lincoln Center Great Performers Series. He frequently appears on major recital stages.

He appears with the CBC, and his performances have been released on CBC Records, including Shattered Night, Shivering Stars, a prize-winning selection of music by composer Alexina Louie, on which he sang her Obsessions (In Their Own Words). He has also appeared on the U.S. label Dorian Records in Handel's Apollo e Dafne.

He is married to pianist Carolyn Maude. They live in the Toronto area with their children. Read less
Browse 1-14 of 14 Available Recordings
  • 1.
    Wagner:  Der Fliegende Hollander; Dietsch:  Le Vaisseau Fantome / Minkowski
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5349 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Pierre-Louis Dietsch
    Performer:  Eric Cutler,  Ingela Brimberg,  Evgeny Nikitin,  Mika Kares  ... 
    Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre
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    Adams: Nixon In China / John Adams, Metropolitan Opera [DVD & Blu-ray]
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 532291 Release Date: 11/19/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Adams
    Performer:  Russell Braun,  Robert Brubaker,  Janis Kelly,  James Maddalena  ... 
    Conductor:  John Adams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    Strauss: Capriccio / Davis, Fleming, Metropolitan Opera [Blu-ray]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001619659 Release Date: 12/20/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Olga Makarina,  Peter [bass voice] Rose,  Sarah Connolly,  Renée Fleming  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    Strauss: Capriccio / Davis, Fleming, Metropolitan Opera
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001619609 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Joseph Kaiser,  Russell Braun,  Morten Frank Larsen,  Renée Fleming  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    Gounod: Romeo Et Juliette / Nézet-séguin, Villazon, Machaidze
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001249209 Release Date: 01/20/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Charles Gounod
    Performer:  Russell Braun,  Mikhail Petrenko,  Nino Machaidze,  Cora Burggraaf  ... 
    Conductor:  Yannick Nézet-Séguin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
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  • 6.
    Enfants Classiques - Beethoven Habite Ŕ L'étage
    Label: Children's Group   Catalog: 42133 Release Date: 12/31/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Mark Childs,  Adele Armin,  Suzanne Schulmann,  Douglas Bodle  ... 
    Conductor:  Walter Babiak
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Arts Orchestra
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  • 7.
    Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde / Slowik, Elwes, Braun, Et Al
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90322 Release Date: 07/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  John Elwes,  Russell Braun
    Conductor:  Kenneth Slowik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra,  Smithsonian Chamber Players
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  • 8.
    Ninos Clasicos - Lo Mejor De Mozart
    Label: Children's Group   Catalog: 84404 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Georg Hölscher,  Jénö Jandó,  Jean-Claude Gérard,  Russell Braun  ... 
    Conductor:  Harald Nerat,  Nicholas Ward,  Barry Wordsworth,  Walter Babiak  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Chamber Orchestra,  Northern Chamber Orchestra,  Capella Istropolitana  ... 
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    Classical Kids - The Best Of Mozart
    Label: Children's Group   Catalog: 84383 Release Date: 10/19/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  Michael Thompson,  Russell Braun,  Adriana Braun  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sobotka,  Michael Thompson,  Walter Babiak,  Barry Wordsworth  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Bournemouth Sinfonietta,  Studio Arts Orchestra  ... 
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    Mozart's Magic Fantasy (Book/Cd)
    Label: Children's Group   Catalog: 84371 Release Date: 08/17/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Gordon McLeod,  Adriana Braun,  Nils Brown,  Marjorie Sparks  ... 
    Conductor:  Walter Babiak
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto St. Simon's Chorus,  Studio Arts Orchestra
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  • 11.
    Berlioz: Les Troyens / Cambreling, Polaski, Et Al
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 100351 Release Date: 01/21/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Deborah Polaski,  Tigran Martirossian,  Russell Braun,  Robert Lloyd  ... 
    Conductor:  Sylvain Cambreling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
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    Handel: Apollo e Dafne, Silete Venti / Labadie, Gauvin, Les Violons du Roy
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90288 Release Date: 10/17/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Karina Gauvin,  Russell Braun
    Conductor:  Bernard Labadie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violons du Roy
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  • 13.
    Classical Kids - Mozart's Magic Fantasy
    Label: Children's Group   Catalog: 84237 Release Date: 04/11/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Gordon McLeod,  Marjorie Sparks,  Russell Braun,  Nils Brown  ... 
    Conductor:  Walter Babiak
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto St. Simon's Chorus,  Studio Arts Orchestra
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    Classical Kids - Beethoven Lives Upstairs
    Label: Children's Group   Catalog: 84236 Release Date: 03/20/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Douglas Bodle,  Adele Armin,  Suzanne Schulmann,  Russell Braun  ... 
    Conductor:  Walter Babiak
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Arts Orchestra
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