Originally from Calgary, AB, soprano, Brittany Rae, is currently based in Montréal, QC. Brittany was the First Prize Winner of the 43rd Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition and embarked on a cross-Canada winner's tour with pianist, Jesse Plessis in Fall 2020. During the 21-22 season, Brittany performed new works with Chants Libres, Codes d’accès and the McGill University Contemporary Music Ensemble, as well as Pierrot Lunaire (Schönberg) with Ensemble Lagom. In June 2022, Brittany attended the 'Opera in the 21st Century' Program at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, under the direction of Joel Ivany. Brittany was also a member of the Association for Opera in Canada's 2021-22 RBC Artist Fellowship and Mentorship Program.
An avid performer and advocate of contemporary music, Brittany has attended the 2020 'Concert in the 21st Century' Residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity with her collaborative partner, Jesse Plessis. Brittany has also attended the 2019 SoundSCAPE Festival where she studied with soprano and contemporary music specialist, Tony Arnold, as well as the 2019 Against the Grain Summer Modern Intensive Program in Toronto, performing excerpts from operas of the 20th and 21st centuries. Brittany is currently collaborating with composer/pianist, Jesse Plessis, and librettist/stage director, Thomas Ayouti, to develop a new operatic work. The project currently exists as, L’épaisseur du silence, a 30-minute monodrama for soprano and piano. Thanks to the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the collaborative team recently completed a creation workshop residency in Montréal.
Other highlights include, Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) with Toronto City Opera, Songbook IX with Tapestry Opera, Oper’Actuel 2019 with Chants Libres, Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor) with Opera McGill, Carrie (Carousel) and Giulietta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi) with Opera NUOVA, and Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) with Lyric Opera Studio Weimar. Brittany has performed in exhibitions by Jasmina Cibic and Lee Mingwei at Fondation Phi pour l’art contemporain in Montréal. She also sings with the Choir of the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul in Montréal.
Brittany is a graduate of McGill University where she completed a Graduate Artist Diploma under the direction and mentorship of Dominique Labelle. Performances at McGill included, the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor with Opera McGill, soprano soloist in Carmina Burana with the Schulich Singers and Concert Choir, and soprano soloist in Fausto Romitelli's Lost, with the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble. Brittany continues to collaborate with various conductors and composers at McGill University and has been a featured soloist in recent performances of Pierrot Lunaire (Schönberg) and Trois poésies de la lyrique japonaise (Stravinsky).
Brittany also holds a Master of Arts in Performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Toronto. She is grateful for the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.