Braitman, Sylvia

French-born mezzo-soprano Sylvie Braitman graduated from The San Francisco Conservatory of Music and has performed with various regional companies. She is a performer in the fields of opera, art song, folk and popular music. Braitman focuses on 20th century music– she has premiered opera roles such as Mrs. Vallejo in David Conte’s The Dreamers (Sonoma Opera), Anja in Philippe Manoury’s 60th Parallelconducted by Kent Nagano (Berkeley Symphony). Other roles include Marcellina in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Madame Larina in Eugene Oneguin, Thisbe in Cenerentola and Mercedes inCarmen. She is a regular feature of the Berkeley Jewish Music Festival and has conceived various one-woman-shows that tell the story of her family’s Holocaust experience through the use of Yiddish music, acting and story telling. She has explored the rich repertoire of Argentine tango with guitarist Cem Durüoz as well as French melodies from the eighteenth to the twentieth century with harpist Dominique Piana. She enjoys singing the Cabaret songs of her native Paris, and is specialist of the style in the Bay Area. Her two albums “French Cabaret Song” and “Les Demoiselles de Pigalle” are available in most Bay Area record stores.