Talking with singers: Ambur Braid
Dramatic coloratura soprano Ambur Braid has been on our interview wish-list since Schmopera's day one. Her choice repertoire consists largely of "evil, crazy royalty," where she can show off her staggering high notes and coloratura so fast you can blink and miss it. Vocal gymnastics aside, Ambur is one hilariously wise singer, with lots to say about her work and why she does it. We sat down with her and talked about nomadic living, useless high notes, and what matters to her most.
Braid sings the Queen of the Night in the Canadian Opera Company's upcoming production of The Magic Flute, January 19 to February 24. For details and tickets, click here.
The CASP Recital Series: The Living Spectacle
We are happy to announce that in the 2015-16 season CASP will begin a new series of concerts: The Canadian Art Song Project Recital Series.
Our first recital will take place this November, entitled The Living Spectacle. We will present a new cycle by Erik Ross (The Living Spectacle) along with works by Brian Harman (Sewing the Earthworm), Richard Strauss and American Libby Larsen. Artists featured in this concert are sopranos Ambur Braid and Carla Huhtanen, pianist Steven Philcox and dancer Jennifer Nichols.
This, the first series of ticketed concerts presented by CASP, marks the next stage in our artistic development and mission of introducing Canadian audiences to their own art song repertoire. After four years of annual “Celebration of Canadian Art Song” concerts as a part of the Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, CASP will expand to offer two additional intimate recitals starring established and emerging Canadian artists proudly presenting Canadian works alongside European and American song.