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Canadian baritone Victor Braun was born in Windsor, Ontario on 4 August 1935. He studied geology before deciding to make a career from singing. then studied voice at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
He sang in the chorus at the Canadian Opera Company, then moved to Europe in 1963, winning the 1963 Vienna International Mozart Competition, which first brought him international attention. His celebrated international career, singing on many of the world's top stages, began with a contract at Frankfurt Opera, where he remained for five years. During this period he began to work as a guest artist with other European opera companies.
From 1968, for over twenty years, he worked at Bavarian State Opera as a resident artist, singing a variety of major roles, and increasing his work internationally with other leading opera houses.
Braun died suddenly in Brussels on 6 January 2001, aged sixty-five.