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Michael Schade & Russell Braun

  • Vocal Duo
  • Baritone
  • Tenor

Biography

Michael Schade and Russell Braun each enjoy thriving international performing careers as soloists with the world's leading orchestras and opera companies. The Toronto-based artists are stars at La Scala, Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera and more. As well, these two good friends are equally well known for their duo recital performances throughout the USA, Europe, the UK and Canada.

Michael Schade was named a Kammersänger by the Austrian government in 2007, the country's highest award for a singer. Highlights of his 2007-2008 season include performances with the symphonies of Chicago, Montreal and Toronto, the Berlin Philharmonic and the Vienna Virtuosi; recitals and concerts in Bucharest, Amsterdam, Rome, Munich and Vienna; and opera appearances in Vienna, Luxembourg, Hamburg and at the Salzburg Festival. His impressive discography includes the Juno Award-nominated solo albums Die Schöne Müllerin and Of ladies and love...; and the Grammy Award-winning recording of Bach's St. Matthew Passion.

Russell Braun began his 2007-2008 season as the conniving Count in the Canadian Opera Company's production of The Marriage of Figaro. His opera calendar also includes the role of Wolfram in the San Diego Opera's production of Tannhäuser; as Le Gentil in the world premiere of Victor Davies' Transit of Venus with Manitoba Opera; as Figaro in the Metropolitan Opera in the Park's performances of The Barber of Seville; and a return to the Salzburg Festival in Romeo et Juliette. He recently added to his extensive discography with releases of the Grammy Award-nominated Das Lied von der Erde and the Juno Award-nominated Die Winterreise.