Leslie Ann Bradley

Soprano

 

Leslie Ann Bradley

Soprano

American/Canadian Citizen

Canadian soprano Leslie Ann Bradley “brings the stage to life whenever she sets foot into the spotlight” (TORONTO STAR). Busy in the US and Canada during the 2017-2018 season, she will be the featured soloist in a program for the Toronto Symphony conducted by Christoph Altstaedt. Also on her schedule is Carmina Burana with Prieto for the Louisiana Philharmonic, and Symphony Nova Scotia welcomes her for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.   In the 2016/17 season, Ms. Bradley performed Dvorak’s Requiem for the Berkshire Choral Festival, Elijah for Chorus Niagara, Opera Highlights for the Sacramento Philharmonic, the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro for Vancouver Opera, Haydn’s Creation for the Richard Eaton Singers, and selected Opera Arias for the Brampton Arts Alive Festival and a program of Beethoven and Mahler for the Brott Music Festival.

Her 2015/16 season included her role debut as Desdemona in Pacific Opera Victoria’s Otello, Beethoven’s Mass in C for the Naples Philharmonic, Bruckner’s Te Deum for Chorus Niagara and the Niagara Symphony, Messiah for the Grand Philharmonic Choir, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony for the Calgary Philharmonic and Victoria Symphony and Haydn’s Creation for the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.

Other recent highlights include her title role debut in Charpentier’s Louise (Opera in Concert) and Missia Palmieri in Lehar’s most well-known operetta The Merry Widow (Opéra de Québec). Ms. Bradley has demonstrated her love and command of Mozart repertoire, from her Toronto Symphony Orchestra debut in the Coronation Mass, to Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (Vancouver Opera), and Countess with Le nozze di Figaro (Pacific Opera Victoria). Further highlights include her debuts with Vancouver Symphony in Poulenc’s Gloria, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony in Britten’s War Requiem and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México in Bach’s Mass in B Minor and Micaëla in Pacific Opera Victoria’s Carmen.

She was a winner in the New England Metropolitan Opera competition and was invited to join previous Met Regional Finalists in a concert marking the opening of the Concord Performing Arts Centre. Ms. Bradley holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Toronto, a Diploma from the University of Toronto’s Opera Division and she is also an alumna of the Orford Festival.  She attended Tanglewood and the Académie International de musique Maurice Ravel in France, studying with the renowned Françoise Pollet.  Her success there was marked by receiving the Prix du chant Pierre Bernac as winner of the Academy’s voice competition.

She appeared on BRAVO television in “Love Story” and has also recorded two episodes of “Opera Easy” for Bravo, singing excerpts from Roméo et Juliette and Orfeo ed Euridice. Ms. Bradley is a recipient of the U of T Faculty of Music Tecumseh Sherman Rogers Graduating Award and is a winner in the Czech and Slovak International Competition, Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques competition, Journée de la Musique Française Competition (Montreal) and has received support from the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation.

                                                                                                                                                                                              September 2017

 

 

OPERA

Bizet Micaëla CARMEN
Donizetti Norina
Adina
DON PASQUALE
L’ELISIR D’AMORE
Charpentier Louise LOUISE
Lehar Missia LA VEUVE JOYEUSE
Meyerbeer Valentine LES HUGUENOTS
Mozart Contessa
Donna Anna/ Donna Elvira
Fiordiligi
Pamina/First Lady
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO
DON GIOVANNI
COSI FAN TUTTE
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE
Offenbach Antonia LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN
Puccini La converse SUOR ANGELICA
Strauss, J. Rosalinde DIE FLEDERMAUS
Tchaikovsky Tatiana EUGENE ONEGIN
Verdi Desdemona OTELLO

 

CONCERT

Bach B minor Mass
  Magnificat
  Matthaus Passion
Beethoven Missa Solemnis
  Symphony No. 9
Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem
Britten War Requiem
Bruckner Te Deum
Fauré Requiem
Handel Messiah
Haydn Die Schöpfung
Holst Symphony #1, Opus 41
Mahler Symphony #2, 4
McCartney, P. Ecce cor meum
Mendelssohn Elijah
Mozart Krönungsmesse
  Requiem
Vespers
Orff Carmina Burana
Poulenc Stabat Mater
Rachmaninoff Vocalise
Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle
Rutter Magnificat
Strauss, R. Vier Letzte Lieder
Verdi Requiem
Villa-Lobos Bachianas brasilieras – No. 5

 

“Bradley commands a rich vocal palette and brought great subtlety and nuance to “Vilja”. [Opéra de Québec, La veuve joyeuse] Opera Canada, Irène, Brisson

“Inhabiting the title role of Louise, soprano Leslie Ann Bradley gave a performance of sweeping virtuosity and radiance. Her sparkle and brightness dazzled, her mid to lower range open-hearted and warm. Bradley is an elegant artist gifted with a fluid instrument wielded with great assurance and superb technique. Her show stopping rendition of Charpentier’s magnificent Depuis le jour (“Since the day”), frequently extracted as a stand alone concert aria, was quite simply gorgeous.” [Louise, Voicebox: Opera in Concert] Opera Going Toronto, Ian Ritchie

“Soprano Leslie Ann Bradley gives a moving, rich-hued, beautifully nuanced reading of the Countess’s aria Dove sono”
Victoria Times Colonist, Kevin Bazzana

“In The Merry Widow’s title role, lyric soprano, Leslie Ann Bradley, is a model of poise and sophistication. Lehar demands a lot from his Anna. The tessitura tends to be relatively low for all singers in his cast but the Widow Galawari must also have at least one strong, solid top B in her vocal kitbag. Bradley has several. Her rendition of Act II’s spectacular “Vilja” is utterly triumphant in its high, soaring close. Heft and pitch are perfect, the voice lustrous and refined. This is an unmistakably self-assured young talent, stylish and elegant.”
Opera Going Toronto

“While the company was certainly dotted with bright stars, Leslie Ann Bradley sparkled in the title role. The delicacy with which she realized both action and voice had the entire audience hypnotized, especially by her singing of “Vilja” which brought the house down with thunderous applause and echoes of “Brava!” over tears.”
Mooney on Theatre, Brian Kerr

“Soprano Leslie Ann Bradley brings the stage to life whenever she sets foot into the spotlight, and sings her catchy melodies with total conviction and verve.”
Toronto Star, John Terauds

“Leslie Ann Bradley as Norina not only looked the part and had effortlessly natural gestures and comedic timing, but her equally effortless vocal facility, both in her coloratura and lyricism, possessed a mature, brightly mellow tone quality that was neither wobbly nor tinny — beautiful enough to listen to in all registers for the duration of a Donizetti ingénue marathon that one never tired of her. She would make a glorious Rosina.”
classical-scene.com, Janine Wanee

“As Norina, Leslie Ann Bradley looked glamorous and played the part for laughs. A supple soprano, she tossed off vocal ornaments with ease.”
BerkshireFineArts.com, David Bonetti

“Soprano Leslie Ann Bradley, as the long-suffering Micaëla, already affecting in Act 1, emerges as a vocal and dramatic powerhouse in her big Act 3 air, one of this production’s high points (it earned the lustiest ovation on opening night).”
Victoria Times Colonist, Kevin Bazanna

“Soprano Leslie Ann Bradley as Valentine is continuing to show her promise. I lauded her for her German Requiem awhile back. Her soaring voice is beautifully expressive.”
Classical 96.3 FM, Paula Citron

“In the Requiem [Brahms], soprano Leslie Ann Bradley displayed a bright clear sound that soared over the orchestra. She is a talent to watch.”
Classical 96.3 FM, Paula Citron

“Leslie Ann Bradley’s pure, true voice soared easily over the massed sound.”
Winnipeg Free Press, Gwenda Nemerofsky

“Leslie Ann Bradley is simply wonderful. She owns a spectacular voice, particularly on the top end, with beautiful clarity. Bradley’s acting matches her singing, as she joyfully tackles the big role of Rosalinde.”
Saskatoon Sun, Joanne Paulson

“Leslie Ann Bradley (Norina) played her role to perfection, with impeccable singing and timing.”
Opera Canada, Richard Ewan

“Bradley and Enns Modolo were simply brilliant together and left me wanting to hear more…it was well worth the wait. Bradley was powerful without being heavy…stunning evenness of tone throughout her range…spectacular at full volume.”
The Record, Marcia Adair

NEWS

ROMANTIC MASTERS WITH PAX CHRISTIE CHORAL
Soprano LESLIE ANN BRADLEY join the Pax Christie Choral in their upcoming Romantic Masters concert; celebrating the works for Bruckner, Brahms, and Beethoven. One night only – 29th October 2017 at Grace Church-on-the-Hill, Toronto.
http://www.paxchristichorale.org/

HAYDN’S CREATION WITH RICHARD EATON SINGERS
Leslie Ann Bradley appears as the soprano soloist in Haydn’s Creation with the Richard Eaton Singers. She can be heard, alongside baritone Alexander Hajek, on March 31.
https://richardeatonsingers.com

Video

Leslie Ann Bradley: A Profile

 

Listen

“On mighty pens” from The Creation by Haydn

 

“Hear Ye Israel” from Elijah by Mendelssohn

 

“Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit” from Ein Deutsches Requiem by Brahms