Guest Artist – Greta Bradman (soprano)

Australian soprano Greta Bradman is recitalist, concert and stage performer. Greta has been awarded critics choice awards including an APRA/AMCOS “Performance of the Year” award (2013) and numerous OzCart awards. She has been nominated for Helpmann, MusicOz and ARIA awards and was Limelight Magazine’s vocalist shortlisted as “best newcomer” in 2010. Greta was the 2013-14 recipient of the Australian International Opera Award. Greta has previously recorded for Sony Music, ABC Classics and independently, including two solo albums that topped the Australian classical charts for some weeks.

Since commencing her professional career in 2010 primarily as a concert classical singer, Greta has presented more than 1000 performances with orchestras including state symphony orchestras (Adelaide, Melbourne, Queensland, Western Australian, Sydney), the Australian Chamber Ensemble, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Australian Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Wellington Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Australian World Orchestra, opera companies ensembles and choirs, demonstrating her extraordinary vocal stamina and skill and her capability to learn music extremely quickly. The result is the relatively rapid amassing of experience in a vast array of repertoire from Baroque, classical, romantic, 20th and 21st century repertory. Australian composers who have written/arranged for Greta since 2010 include Peter Sculthorpe, Ross Edwards, Betty Beath, Moya Henderson, Paul Stanhope, Calvin Bowman, Katy Abbott, Anne Cawrse and Natalie Williams amongst others.

Greta’s voracious appetite for learning led her to complete a Fellowship at the Australian National Academy of Voice in 2013, thereby consolidating her approach to 20th and 21st century repertoire.

As the 2013/14 winner of the Australian International Opera Award, in late 2013 Greta moved to Cardiff, Wales where she undertook further training at the Wales International Academy of Voice with Dennis O’Neill and colleagues. O’Neill did not work on Greta’s technique but rather extended Greta’s repertoire, describing her unusual combination of vocal range, power and coloratura as “gifting her a true Verdi soprano”. Richard Bonynge who met Greta in 2014 at WIAV described her voice as representing the “true old fashioned bel canto sound – the sort we only dream about today”. Bonynge went on to have Greta sing the title role of Rodelinda in the opera of the same name with him conducting, and invited Greta to record an album of arias with him in 2015.

Greta studied piano from age 6 through 18 years as well as flute, clarinet and guitar from ages 6 to 14. She was a member of her local youth theatre from ages 6 – 16, appearing in many plays and musicals. She sang in choirs from age 6 through to her time at the Elder Conservatorium of Music. Greta won the state composition prize in her final school year and received a perfect score for the subject of composition, and a high distinction for piano. She won school colours for music and was a choir leader. Through university Greta was a core member of chamber choir Adelaide Chamber Singers, which won consecutive ‘Choir of the World’ awards in the USA, Italy and Wales. When at university Greta co-founded vocal trio Eve with whom she released two award-winning critically acclaimed albums and toured internationally.

Since 2010 Greta has presented concerts and operas in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Orchestral and larger ensemble works include the Edwards Symphony No. 2, Henryk Gorecki’s Symphony No. 3 Symphony of Sorrowful Songs (whose performance was described as “beautifully sung… the stuff of goosebumps”, Barefoot Review, 2012), Carl Crossin’s Requiem (written for Greta, philharmonic orchestra and choir), Mahler’s 4th Symphony, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, Requiem, Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, Exsultate Jubilate, and Mozart concert arias Ruhe sanft (Zaide), Popoli di Tessaglia(K.316), No, no che non sei capace (K.419); Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise; Brahms Requiem; Faure Requiem; Durufle Requiem; Bach Magnificat, Mass in B Minor, St Matthew Passion, Handel Messiah, Theodora (title role), Cecilia volgi un sguardo (HWV 89), Ode to St Cecilia (HWV 76), Vivaldi Gloria (RV 589), Nulla in Mundo (RV630), Pergolesi Stabat Mater, Monteverdi Vespers, L’Orfeo (Musica, Ninfa), Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, Lamento della Ninfa; Vaughan Williams’ Mass in G Minor; John Adams’ Five Charles Ives Songs. Greta has presented countless works with smaller chamber ensembles and string quartets and works for voice and one other instrument. Greta has premiered many works including the Australian premiere of John Tavener’s Innocence, Tristram Cary’s I Am Here, Gubaidulena’s Sonnegesang, Jennefelt’s O Domine and George Crumb’s Apparition.

In 2015 Greta recorded her debut operatic recording with Richard Bonynge conducting the English Chamber Orchestra, “My Hero” for international release on Decca. Later this year she will present the role of Eurydice in Haydn’s opera L’anima del filosofo under the baton of Richard Bonynge, will tour internationally with Zubin Mehta and the Australian World Orchestra, will tour internationally with Teddy Tahu Rhodes, David Hobson and Lisa McCune, and will present concerts around the Asia pacific, UK and Europe.