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INTERNATIONAL OPERA STAR AMBUR BRAID TO PERFORM FOR BROTT MUSIC FESTIVAL’S VIVA VERDI.
HAMILTON, ON – August 10, 2018 –Soprano Ambur Braid joins tenor Dimitri Pittas and baritone Gregory Dahl to complete Brott Music’s opera star studded cast for its 2nd annual autumn performance.
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). 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. “We are thrilled to welcome Ambur Braid, one of the rising soprano stars on the international scene” said Artistic Director Boris Brott. Braid will be stepping in for famed soprano Adrianne Pieczonka who has had to withdraw for health reasons.
BrottOpera’s upcoming PopOpera Plus, so named for its use of semi-staging, costumes and gobo projected set design, will feature music by famed Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi. An the program are some of the greatest operatic ’hits’ of the past 150 years with melodies inspiring, moving, stirring and rousing; arias and choruses from Rigoletto, Don Carlo, Aida, La Traviata and more!
Currently in its 31st season, the Brott Music Festival (est. 1988) is the largest non-profit orchestral music festival in Canada, and, the only festival with a full-time, professional orchestra-in-residence. The Brott Music Festival is renowned for its extremely high artistic standard, world class soloists, its exuberant young orchestra and its eclectic mix of orchestral, opera, chamber, jazz, pops and education concerts at various venues across Southern Ontario.