Opera star Ambur Braid knew she was destined for the spotlight. Like every artist, it is important to stand out from the crowd. For Ambur, this seems to be an effortless task. She is, how do I say this without sounding uber jealous, drop dead gorgeous, and expresses her lovable charisma throughout each performance.
And just like Braid, Music Niagara, since 1998, has brought together artists from all over Canada and internationally to performance a variety of music genres always sounding more fresh each season. let me just add this festival also takes place in Niagara wine country – need I say more?
Next month, everyone should take a weekend getaway trip to see Rachmaninoff and ribs, with a side of Sibelius – a delightful summer concert featuring Rachmaninoff, Sibelius and a scrumptious picnic for an intermission. I chat with Ambur about her upcoming performance and even squeeze in a few fashion related questions because along her gorgeous-ness, I also want to raid her closet.
MC: Could you share more about your Music Niagara performance and how you are preparing.
AB: I’m performing a concert with a BBQ picnic at intermission! It’s a great opportunity to have some delicious Canadian wine and listen to some of the sexiest music ever written.
This is a challenging program and my first time singing in Russian and Swedish.
The wonderful pianist, Anna Shalaykevych, is helping me with the Russian and a Scandinavian friend is correcting all of my Å’s in the Sibelius. These are two gorgeous languages to sing in, but there is indeed a learning curve. I hope that this is the beginning of a long term relationship with Rachmaninoff. His music is so gorgeous and so much fun to sing.
MC: If you could tell us what the first three to five words come up in your mind when you hear the names Rachmaninoff and Sibelius, what would they be.
AB: Sex, wine and death. Hurray life!
MC: Attire selection for the evening’s performance.
AB: It’s a surprise (even for me). It is in a church, so I would prefer to be more covered up. I love gowns with long sleeves. Caftans are usually my first choice, for every occasion.
MC: What is your go-to-style when it comes to your everyday look (running errands, attending rehearsals and practice sessions).
AB: Loose tops and maxi dresses. Basically anything where I can be pant-less. Tight trousers are the worst.
MC: And now, of course, what is your favourite style if you are able to select your wardrobe for performances.
AB: Comfortable, breathable, long sleeved and heavy. My new favourite gown is the one that I wore to Operanation in May by Temperley London. It was so heavy and felt like armour – I love that.
MC: Any favourite designers?
AB: Lucian Matis is so dramatic and Greta Constantine just gets better and better. I also love what Tanya Taylor is doing right now – I could live in her clothes every day. After a few years of pretty predictable fashion, Gucci and Vivetta have this whimsy in their designs that is making fashion fun again.
My go-to’s are J.Crew, for nautical basics and comfortable heels, Ela for clutches and handbags, Gucci, J. Mendel and Naeem Khan for gowns, Muhlbauer for hats and turbans because my head is so big, Vivetta and Temperley London for day dresses and Maison Marrakech for caftans and slippers.