Originally from Calgary, Alberta, soprano, Brittany Rae, is currently based in Montréal, Québec. Recent season highlights include, Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) with Toronto City Opera, Songbook IX with Tapestry Opera, Oper’Actuel 2019 with Chants Libres, and a performance role in artist, Jasmina Cibic’s exhibition at Fondation Phi pour l’art contemporain in Montréal. Upcoming engagements include soprano soloist with Cantiamo Choral Ensemble and a performance with the Schola l’oratoire as part of the Festival Bach Montréal. Brittany will also be joining the Choir of the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul, for performances of Rachmaninoff’s All Night Vigil, Op. 37, Bach’s St. John Passion, Mozart’s Requiem, and the 40th edition of the CBC Sing-In, all under the direction of Jean-Sébastien Vallée. Other operatic and musical theatre roles include, Carrie (Carousel) and Giulietta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi) with Opera NUOVA, and Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) with Lyric Opera Studio Weimar.
An avid performer and advocate of contemporary music, Brittany recently attended the SoundSCAPE Festival 2019 in Cesena, Italy where she studied with soprano and contemporary music specialist, Tony Arnold. She also attended the Against the Grain Summer Modern Intensive Program in Toronto, performing excerpts from operas of the 20th and 21st centuries. This past season, she performed a Canadian premiere of a work by Kazakh-Canadian composer, Domenic Jarlkaganova, with the new Montréal opera company, 23 Degree Theatre. She was also a part of artist, Lee Mingwei’s exhibition, Sonic Blossom, with Fondation Phi pour l’art contemporain. In 2014, Brittany competed as a semi-finalist in the Eckhardt-Grammaté National Music Competition, which focuses on showcasing Canadian contemporary music.
Brittany is a recent 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 Ensemble. Brittany continues to collaborate with various conductors and composers at McGill and has been a featured soloist in recent performances of Pierrot lunaire and Trois poésies de la lyrique japonaise. This November, Brittany performed a new song cycle for voice and piano by McGill composer, Seth Gordon. This spring, she will premiere another piece by Seth Gordon for voice and percussion ensemble.
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.