Ambur Braid’s Tosca = “the dominant vocal presence”

Making her debut with Calgary Opera, Braid has clearly moved from a promising singer to one who is now equal to major roles with professional companies….Lighter in timbre than other Toscas, Braid was still the dominant vocal presence in this production, her singing the most nuanced and, ultimately, the most beautiful. Youthful in general demeanour, she realistically represented the character of a Tosca who captivated the hearts of both her tenor lover and Scarpia, the villainous chief of police. Moving easily on stage and without stiffness, she projected an unusually sympathetic Tosca, more capricious than maddeningly willful, as is sometimes the case with this role.”
– Calgary Herald, full review here.

*pic: Trudie Lee