Reviews

Review: Hansel & Gretel
“In contrasting costumes Kira Braun well sang the roles of two kindly folk spirits – the Sandman, who puts the children to sleep, and the Dew Fairy, who wakes them up in the morning.”
Stage Door by Christopher Hoile
“Eastern Breezes, Western Winds” CD Launch
...”all very nicely presented by Kira, who has a pleasant light, bright soprano, with Peter accompanying and playing the piano solos.”
Opera Ramblings: John Gilks
“The Echoing Air”
"I love everything, but in particular the Widmung, Mondnacht and the Purcell. Your voice was made for this music. You sang that murderous ornament in the slow section of Widmung with such precision and musicality. That is just SO difficult to achieve. And BRAVA on the ornmentation in the Purcell. Bravo to Peter, too, and the trumpet player. Lovely ensemble. It is not difficult to write these words because every one is true. I love the repertoire you chose. It is just perfect for your voice. Not all singers get the repertoire right, but you did, and the result is just outstanding. You deserve to know that you have done an excellent job."

[How delightful to receive these comments from someone I admire so much! Deborah sang Nedda in I Pagliacci with the COC when I was in the Chorus, in 1975. And now, to be reconnected and to have her as a mentor, means the world to me.]
Deborah Jeans, Soprano
On "Of Love and Nature"
"Very Impressive...

I particularly love your unaffected approach to the Faure.

Peter also performs with such understated elegance.

What huge strides you have made in developing a lovely engaged vocal production....BRAVO Kira!"
Robert Cooper, CM
From an Industry Colleague!
"May I please express my deep admiration for what you've undertaken and achieved in terms of your voice and your career as a singer in these last couple of years? It's pretty astonishing. Brava."

Thank you George!
Mr. George Masswohl, Bravura Baritones
"Exult, Rejoice"
"Your CD took me by surprise. Absolutely beautiful. Listened to it a 3rd time over a drive to TO recently.

Where have you been??

You can proudly and without hesitation offer this CD for any validation as an audition experience."


(No, David is not related!)
David Braun, Conductor, Choralis Camerata
Schubert: Gretchen am Spinnrade
"I listened to the Schubert CD on the way home.
It is splendid!!! You should be SO proud of it.
You bring a rare vulnerability to these songs that comes from deep inside you. The tenderness and emotional turbulence of Gretchen comes shining through.
I congratulate you."
Brahm Goldhamer, Vocal Coach & Pianist
On Ravel's 5 Greek Folksongs
"This is just beautiful Kira - a pleasure to hear you sing - you have a stunning voice that is so lyrical and controlled! The piano parts are excellently executed also. Congratulations!"
Yvonne Quinn-Chittle, Music Teacher, Accompanist, Organist
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Ravel: 5 Greek Folk Songs
Mozart: Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a)
Schubert: Auf dem Wasser zu singen, D 774/Op. 72
Schubert: An die Nachtigall, D 497/Op. 98 no 1
Schubert: Du bist die Ruh, D 776/Op. 59 no 3
Schubert: Gretchen am Spinnrade, D 118/Op. 2
Schubert: Heidenröslein, D 257/Op. 3 no 3
Fauré: Le Papillon et la Fleur
Fauré: Chanson d'amour
Fauré: Clair de lune
Fauré: Au bord de l'eau
Fauré: Après un rêve
Fauré: Notre Amour
Rachmaninoff: The Soldier's Wife
Rachmaninoff: A Dream Op. 8 No. 5
Rachmaninoff: The Lilacs Op. 21 No. 5
Rachmaninoff: How Fair This Spot Op. 21 No. 7
Rachmaninoff: Before My Window Op. 26 No. 10
Rachmaninoff: The Fountains Op. 26 No. 11
Schubert: Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D 965/Op. 129 (The Shepherd on the Rock)
Purcell: The Fairy Queen, Z.629: Hark, The Echoing Air
Purcell: If music be the food of love, Z 379
Purcell: Sweeter than Roses
Schumann: Frauenliebe und -leben Opus 42, No. 2: Er, der Herrlichste von Allen
Schumann: Liederkreis, Opus 39 No. 5: Mondnacht
Schumann: Myrthen, Opus 25 No. 1: Widmung
Bellini: 15 Songs, No. 10: Malinconia, Ninfa Gentile
Bellini: 15 Songs, No. 15: Ma, Rendi pur Contento
Bellini: 15 Songs, No 11: Vanne, O Rosa Fortunata
Poulenc: Airs Chantes: FP 46: No 1, Air Romantique
Poulenc: Airs Chantes: FP 46: No 2, Air Champêtre
Poulenc: Airs Chantes: FP 46: No 3, Air Grave
Poulenc: Airs Chantes: FP 46: No 4, Air Vif


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