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Russell Braun was born in Frankfurt and moved to Canada in 1982. He makes regular guest appearances at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Salzburg Festival, the Glyndebourne Festival, the Vienna Staatsoper, the Hamburg Staatsoper, the Chicago Lyric Opera, and the Canadian Opera Company of Toronto. His repertoire of roles includes Billy Budd, Eugene Onegin, Hamlet, Nick Carraway (John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby), Harlekin (Ariadne auf Naxos), Pelléas (Pelléas et Mélisande), Chorèbe (Les Troyens), Borilée (Les Boréades), the Count (Le nozze di Figaro), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Figaro (Il barbiere di Seviglia), Mercutio (Roméo et Juliette), Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus), Yeletsky (The Queen of Spades), Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor), and Wolfram (Tannhaüser). He also makes regular guest appearances at the Paris Opera (Valentin in Faust, Pelléas, Guglielmo, Papageno, and Oreste in Iphigénie en Tauride). More recently, he performed the roles of Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte), Peter (Hänsel und Gretel), Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Ford (Falstaff), Nottingham (Roberto Devereux), Count di Luna (Il Trovatore) with the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, Pentheus (Les Bassarides) at the Salzburg Festival, Chou En-lai (Nixon in China), Lescaut (Manon Lescaut), and Olivier (Capriccio) at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. Finally, to mark the 150th anniversary of the Canadian confederation, he sang the title role of Louis Riel, in the opera by the Canadian composer Harry Sommers at the Four Seasons Center in Toronto and the National Arts Center in Ottawa.
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