Victor Braun


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(b Windsor, ON, 4 Aug 1935; d Brussels, 6 Jan 2001). Canadian baritone. He studied with Lilian Watson and at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto. He joined the Canadian Opera Company in 1961, making his début as Escamillo. In 1963 he joined the Frankfurt Opera and in 1968 the Staatsoper in Munich. He made his Covent Garden début in 1969 as Hamlet in the first London performance of Humphrey Searle's opera and also sang there as Count Almaviva and Yevgeny Onegin and in several Verdi roles. At Santa Fe he sang Jupiter in Die Liebe der Danae (1982), Mandryka in Arabella (1983), the General in We Come to the River (1984) and Holofernes in the American première of Siegfried Matthus's Judith (1990). His repertory also included Wolfram, which he sang at La Scala and the Metropolitan and recorded under Georg Solti. In the later part of his career he became a noted Hans Sachs, a role which he first sang in Nice (1986) and repeated at the opening of the Essen opera house, and Wozzeck, which he sang in Chicago (1988). During 1989 he sang Pizarro at Brussels, Golaud at Florence and Dr Schön in San Francisco. Braun's soft-grained voice, accomplished if not particularly individual, has developed considerable power without losing its beautiful lyric quality and was enhanced by his gifts as an actor.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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