Magazine article Opera Canada

In Memoriam: Victor Braun

Magazine article Opera Canada

In Memoriam: Victor Braun

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C>anadian baritone Victor Braun died in Ulm, Germany, on January 6, after battling the neuro-degenerative disorder multiple system atrophy (Shy-Drager Syndrome). Born Augnst 4, 1935, in Windsor, Ontario, to Mennonite parents, Braun studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto under Hermann Geiger-Torel, and made his operatic debut as Sciarrone in Tosca in 1957. In 1963, he won the Grand Prize at the International Mozart Competition in Vienna, which led to engagement as the leading baritone with the Frankfurt Opera. He also performed in many of the world's leading opera houses, including Covent Garden, La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, the Paris Opera, the Hamburg and Munich State Operas, the Netherlands Opera, Brussels' Theatre de la Monnaie, le Grand Theatre de Geneve, the Canadian Opera Company, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera and many others.

Braun had a large repertoire that encompassed more than 100 roles. He was justly famous for his portrayals of Mozart's Don Giovanni, Scarpia in Tosca, Iago in Otello, Jochanaan in Salome, Mandryka in Arabella, Dr. Schon in Lulu and Golaud in Pelleas et Melisande, a role he sang opposite his son, baritone Russell Braun, as Pelleas, at the Salzburg Festival in 1997. …

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