Leslie Ann Bradley
Canadian soprano Leslie Ann Bradley "brings the stage to life whenever she sets foot into the spotlight" (TORONTO STAR). Her 2014/15 season has her featured across Canada, opening with her Opéra de Québec debut as Missia Palmieri in Lehar's most well-known operetta LA VEUVE JOYEUSE (The Merry Widow). Other season highlights include MESSIAH with the Montreal Symphony, ELIJAH with the Kingston, Faure's REQUIEM with the Orchestra London, the title role in Charpentier's rare operatic gem LOUISE with VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert and a New Year's Operetta Gala for the Victoria Symphony.
Bradley's incredibly well received 2013/14 season demonstrated her love and command of Mozart repertoire, from her Toronto Symphony Orchestra debut (KRÖNUNGSMESSE) to Donna Elvira with Vancouver Opera (DON GIOVANNI) to Countess with Pacific Opera Victoria (LE NOZZE DI FIGARO). Other recent highlights include her debuts with Vancouver Symphony (Poulenc's GLORIA), Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (Britten's WAR REQUIEM), the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México (Bach's MASS IN B MINOR), Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Louisiana Philharmonic and the role of Micaëla in Pacific Opera Victoria's CARMEN.
Further credits include Donna Anna in DON GIOVANNI, CARMINA BURANA for the Calgary Philharmonic, Fiordiligi in COSI 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, 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 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.