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Esther Brazil

..one voice was truly exceptional: the mezzo-soprano Esther BrazilExpect to hear more of her soon.

Stephen Pritchard, The Observer, April 2013

"outstanding..."

Alfred Hitchling, The Guardian, July 2015

Born in the United States and educated in China, Singapore, and Sydney, Esther was a choral scholar at The Queen’s College, Oxford, where she read Philosophy and Theology. She recently gained an MA with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music, where she was awarded full scholarships in both years, generously provided by the Kohn Foundation and Lucille Graham Trust.

Concert highlights include appearances as a soloist with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, London Handel Orchestra, English Baroque Soloists, and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique under Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Operatic roles have included Rosina (Barber of Seville), Sorceress (Dido and Aeneas), Euridice (L'Orfeo), Mrs Slender (Salieri’s Falstaff), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Juno (The Judgment of Paris), Grand Duchess of Monteblanco (A Dinner Engagement), Iris/Hummingbird (The Birds), and Ninfa/Proserpina (L’Orfeo); and in RAM Vocal Faculty opera scenes, Erika (Vanessa), Sesto (Clemenza di Tito), Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier), and Minkswoman (Flight).

Recent appearances have included Handel’s Dixit Dominus with the Brook Street Band, Ninfa/Proserpina in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo at King’s Place, solos in Schumann’s Manfred with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Brighton Early Music Festival’s Live! scheme as well as solo appearances in Vivaldi’s Gloria and Handel’s Dixit Dominus with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. She appeared as a soloist at the Royal Albert Hall with the English Baroque Soloists and Sir John Eliot Gardiner in the critically-acclaimed Bach Marathon; Esther was a featured soloist at the 2013 Brighton Early Music Festival, singing in their Early Music Club Night and as a soloist in Bach’s St John Passion.

Recordings have included Handel Dixit Dominus and Scarlatti Dixit Dominus with the Brook Street Band, Handel and Vivaldi Dixit Dominus settings with La Nuova Musica/David Bates, Charpentier’s Reniement de Saint Pierre for Harmonia Mundi USA/La Nuova Musica, and Bach’s Ascension Cantatas with the Monteverdi Choir.  She is also a founding member of Oxford Baroque, who were selected as Young Artists in the 2012 Brighton Music Festival, and opened the 2013 St John’s, Smith Square Christmas festival. She studies with Susan Roberts.

 

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Recordings featuring Esther Brazil

Dixit Dominus – Handel and Vivaldi

Esther Brazil and Simon Wall are soloists on this... READ MORE

Posted on June 14th 2014

Dixit Dominus – Handel and Scarlatti

Esther Brazil is soloist, singing a duet with Elin... READ MORE

Posted on June 14th 2014

J S Bach Cantata BWV 199 Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut

Esther Brazil is soloist in a live recording with the... READ MORE

Posted on September 9th 2015

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"Esther Brazil made a very fine Dido indeed, really taking control of the role. She seemed to have strong feel for Purcell's vocal line and combined this with musicality and great personal charm. A stylish singer, she brought poise and intensity to Dido and was very moving in the final farewell."
planethugill.com February 2015

"Mezzo Esther Brazil stood out for her honeyed tone and quick, pleasing vibrato as the principal Nymph." New York Classical Review May 2015 (Monteverdi Choir, Carnegie Hall, Monteverdi L'Orfeo

News featuring Esther Brazil

Busiest day of the year so far! 1 April

We had a total of 21 singers working last Saturday,... READ MORE

Posted on April 3rd 2017

Esther Brazil at Spitalfields Festival with Early Opera Company

Esther Brazil joins the Early Opera Company for... READ MORE

Posted on June 6th 2016

Esther Brazil: ...claire et directe, avec un son pur, plein, rayonnant.

Esther Brazil repeated her performance as Ninfa in... READ MORE

Posted on November 10th 2015

Messiah in Norway - Susanna Fairbairn, Esther Brazil, Ben Thapa, Alex Ashworth

For the past few years the Anglophile conductor Svein... READ MORE

Posted on October 21st 2015

Esther Brazil sings for Bach

Esther Brazil tells me that she was part of the... READ MORE

Posted on June 18th 2015

Esther Brazil stood out for her honeyed tone and quick, pleasing vibrato New York review

Esther Brazil has been on tour in the US with the... READ MORE

Posted on May 6th 2015

Esther Brazil on tour in US with Monteverdi Choir - Monteverdi L'Orfeo

Esther Brazil is singing the role of Ninfa in... READ MORE

Posted on April 20th 2015

Esther Brazil and Alex Ashworth on tour with Monteverdi Choir

Esther Brazil and Alex Ashworth are soloists in... READ MORE

Posted on March 24th 2015

March Highlights

Always one of our busiest months… Adrian... READ MORE

Posted on March 1st 2014

Esther Brazil is featured artist at Brighton Early Music Festival

Esther Brazil is a featured young artist at this... READ MORE

Posted on October 23rd 2013

Esther Brazil sings Bach in Oxford with Mahan Esfahani on Sunday

Esther Brazil sings Bach’s Cantata Geist und Seele... READ MORE

Posted on August 16th 2013