Russell Braun: Thrilling, manic, glorious, superbly sung and malevolently acted, rich, powerful, elegant, soft-grained, and spine-tingling are but a few of the epithets the media have used to describe Canadian opera sensation Russell Braun. In concert, opera and recital, the international stages of the world are his — whether it be the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Royal Opera House in London, l'Opéra National de Paris, Vienna State Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Opera, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, . . . the Salzburg or the Glyndebourne Festival. His powerful voice and commanding presence have given vigour to such roles as Billy Budd, Prince Andrei, Figaro, Papageno, Count Almaviva, Don Giovanni, Eugene Onegin, and his signature role of Debussy's Pelléas.