Originally from Calgary, AB, soprano, Brittany Rae, is currently based in Montréal, QC. Brittany was recently named 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 this past fall. Other recent highlights include, Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) with Toronto City Opera, Songbook IX with Tapestry Opera, Oper’Actuel 2019 with Chants Libres, and performer in exhibitions by Jasmina Cibic and Lee Mingwei at Fondation Phi pour l’art contemporain in Montréal. Upcoming engagements include a performance of a new work by composer and pianist, Jesse Plessis, and librettist, Thomas Ayouti, for Codes d'accès' 2021-22 season, the premiere of the song cycle Malachi (Omer Barash) for soprano and chamber ensemble with the McGill University Contemporary Music Ensemble, and Pierrot Lunaire (Schönberg) with Ensemble Lagom. This summer, Brittany will be attending the 'Opera in the 21st Century' Program at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, under the direction of Joel Ivany. Brittany is 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 recently attended the 'Concert in the 21st Century' Residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity with her collaborative partner, Jesse Plessis. Brittany also attended the 2019 SoundSCAPE Festival (Cesena, Italy) 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. Other new works include, 'Gossamer Songs' and '...in the crystal of a dream...' by Seth Gordon, as well as the Canadian premiere of ‘Harrison’ by Kazakh- Canadian composer, Domenic Jarlkaganova, with 23Degree Theatre.
Other roles include, 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 is also a professional chorister 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 (Schoenberg) 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.