Manager: Damon Bristo
Management Territory: Worldwide
Ambur Braid makes an exceptional UK debut bringing the right combination of fear and allure to the Queen of the Night, and achieving a fine balance between clarity and nuance in her sound in ‘Der Hölle Rache’. Sam Smith, MusicOMH, February 6, 2016 - Queen of the Night in "The Magic Flute" at English National Opera
"As the denizen of darkness, Canadian soprano Ambur Braid was a formidable Queen of the Night, her upper register impressively firm and all notes hit in the merciless ‘Der Hölle Rache’." John E. de Wald, Opera Britannia, February 6, 2016 - Queen of the Night in "The Magic Flute" at English National Opera
“Anne Truelove, the only "positive" character of The Rake's Progress, a woman with true love (even in name) was treated with special care in this production. Helped by the good performance of Canadian Ambur Braid, who managed at the same time to give body and voice to the only truly operatic character from beginning to end, but with a greater complexity than usual and using a more dramatic soprano at times.” Pedro Boléo, Público, June 1, 2015 - Anne Truelove in 'The Rake's Progress' at Teatro de São Carlos in Lisbon
“We finally meet the show’s leading lady and Ambur Braid is everything you want a Konstanze to be and more. She has beauty and stature and poise… her voice is also something to write home to mother about, if you wanted mother to know you were seeing a girl so deliciously urbane. As she demonstrated in last season’s The Magic Flute, she can deliver the trifecta of crystalline high notes, blissfully graceful vocal cadenzas and deep emotional intensity that Mozart liked all his leading sopranos to possess.” Richard Ouzounian, Toronto Star, October 27, 2013 - Konstanze in 'Die Entführung aus dem Serail' at Opéra Atelier
“Ambur Braid was our Vitellia, communicating malice with intense acting and a steely, tight vibrato. She cross-pollinated coloratura with verismo in Act 1; Non più di fiori, in Act 2, was nothing less than a mad scene. I must say this raven-haired Canadian does wicked rather well.” Arthur Kaptainis, National Post, February 7, 2013 - Vitellia in 'La clemenza di Tito' at the Canadian Opera Company
Canadian soprano Ambur Braid is quickly establishing herself as an artist to watch and can “deliver the trifecta of crystalline high notes, blissfully graceful vocal cadenzas and deep emotional intensity” in the dramatic coloratura soprano roles she portrays (Toronto Star).
In the 2016-2017 season, Ambur Braid returns to the Canadian Opera Company as the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte conducted by Bernard Labadie and Dalinda in Richard Jones’s production of Ariodante conducted by Johannes Debus. She also makes her German debut as the Queen of the Night at Oper Frankfurt. Ms . . . . Braid recently 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. 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
Ms. Braid debuted the role of Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail at Opéra Atelier and Violetta in La traviata at Arizona Opera in recent seasons. She has covered the role of Elisabetta in Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux and the title role in Semele at the Canadian Opera Company. In her final season as a member of the ensemble at the Canadian Opera Company, Ms. Braid was seen in Christopher Alden’s new production of Die Fledermaus as Adele in which the Toronto Star called her “sexy, sparky, sensational.” and performed the role of Vitellia in the Ensemble Studio performance of La clemenza di Tito.
Other recent performances include the role of Stella in Les contes d’Hoffmann and she sang the title role in Handel’s Semele in the COC Ensemble Studio performance. She covered the role of Clémence in Kaija Saariaho’s L’amour de loin at the Canadian Opera Company and sang Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte at Opéra Atelier. Other recent appearances with the Canadian Opera Company include Amore in Orfeo ed Euridice, The Greek Woman in Iphigénie en Tauride, and the Danish Lady in Death in Venice.
Ms. Braid received degrees from the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music and San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Her awards include the East Bay Opera Competition, San Francisco Conservatory Concerto Competition, and Palm Beach Opera Competition.
(Updated November 2016)
- Photo: Helene Cyr
- Photo: Helene Cyr
- Photo: Helene Cyr