Leslie Ann Bradley

Leslie Ann Bradley, Soprano

Pacific Opera Victoria
Desdemona in Otello

October, 2015


Leslie Ann Bradley made her Pacific Opera Victoria debut as Micaëla in POV's February 2012 production of Carmen. She returned in April 2014 as the Countess Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro. In October 2015, audiences will see her in her role debut as Desdemona in Verdi's Otello.

Her 2014/15 season opened with her Opéra de Québec debut as Missia Palmieri in Lehár’s The Merry Widow. Other season highlights included her debuts with the Montreal and Kington Symphonies and with Orchestra London. Leslie Ann also performed the title role in Charpentier’s Louise with Opera in Concert.

Praised as a vocal and dramatic powerhouse, Leslie Ann Bradley had a number of debuts and return engagements in her 2013/14 season.  The debuts included Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni for Vancouver Opera, Mozart's Krönungsmesse with the Toronto Symphony, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Louisiana Philharmonic, Bach's Magnificat with Orchestre symphonique de Québec, and Poulenc's Gloria with the Vancouver Symphony.   In addition to her appearance with POV as the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro, she returned to the Victoria Symphony for Brahms' Requiem and to Kitchener's Grand Philharmonic Choir for Britten's War Requiem.

Recent seasons have included Bach's Mass in B minor for Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México, Brahms' Requiem for the Mendelssohn Choir and the Vancouver Cantata Singers, concerts with the Aldeburgh Connection and Chorus Niagara, Micaëla in Carmen for Pacific Opera Victoria, Valentine in Les Huguenots for Opera in Concert, Ellijah with the Elora Music Festival, and Messiah for Brott Music in Hamilton.  She was also heard in Strauss' Vier Letzte Lieder for Brott Summer Music, Norina in Don Pasquale for Boston Midsummer Opera, the title role in The Merry Widow for Toronto Operetta Theatre and Mozart's Requiem for Kitchener's Grand Philharmonic Choir.

Further credits include Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Carmina Burana for the Calgary Philharmonic, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis for the Winnipeg Symphony and Adina in L'elisir d'amore.  As Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus for Saskatoon Opera, she was acclaimed in the press as simply wonderful, possessing a spectacular voice.  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 and a Diploma from the University of Toronto's Opera Division; she 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 recorded two episodes of Opera Easy for Bravo, singing excerpts from Roméo et Juliette and Orfeo ed Euridice. Ms. Bradley is 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, and Journée de la Musique Française Competition (Montreal); she has also received support from the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation. 


 

Soprano Leslie Ann Bradley is equally formidable as the mistreated Countess, baring her soul with an impeccably performed Dove sono i bei momenti at the top of act three and bringing the stars back into alignment with her soulful forgiveness in Piú docile io sono to close the show.
Melanie Tromp Hoover, CVV Magazine, review of Pacific Opera Victoria's The Marriage of Figaro, April, 2014

Leslie Ann Bradley gives a moving, rich-hued, beautifully nuanced reading of the Countess's aria Dove sono,
Kevin Bazzana, , Times Colonist review of Pacific Opera Victoria's The Marriage of Figaro, April, 2014

Leslie Ann Bradley... emerges as a vocal and dramatic powerhouse
Kevin Bazzana, Times Colonist, review of Pacific Opera Victoria's Carmen, 2012


 

September, 2015