Mel Braun is a versatile performer, who is equally at home in oratorio, recital and opera, and is always open to new collaborations. He is well known to Canadian audiences for his many performances and broadcasts of early music with Tafelmusik and Opera Atelier, and for his frequent appearances across Canada in the Masterworks of Bach and Handel. New music, another of Mel’s interests, has seen him premiere works with the Banff Centre, Winnipeg’s Groundswell, Toronto’s New Music Gallery, and Camerata Nova, among others. His ongoing duo partnership with pianist Laura Loewen is at the centre of many collaborations as a recitalist. When not performing as a soloist, he sings with the Emerado Trio.
As a teacher, Mel heads up the Vocal Program at the Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music, a program renowned for its collaborative and holistic approach to training singers. Among Mel’s many initiatives at the faculty are the Annual Opera Theatre School Tour, the Contemporary Opera Lab, the Professor Bach Project, and Tuesdays in Winnipeg, a venture that brings together high-school-age boys who love to sing. He has been awarded Merit and Outreach Awards for his efforts.
As a music director, Mel looks after the operatic ensembles at the U of M, as well as working with Camerata Nova. He is much in demand as an adjudicator and choral clinician, and also enjoys teaching many of the young rock singers that make up Winnipeg’s burgeoning indie music scene. You’ll find him wherever young singers need mentoring.
Mel has a master’s degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Toronto and a degree in Church Music from Canadian Mennonite Bible College.