Leslie Ann Bradley
Soprano
New England Second Place Winner, 2004
New England Finalist, 2006
New England Finalist, 2008
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Canadian soprano Leslie Ann Bradley began the 2014/15 season with Opéra de Québec in the title role (Missia Palmieri) of the original French version of The Merry Widow. Next, in a series of concerts throughout Canada, Leslie performed in recital in Toronto, sang the Fauré “Requiem” with Ontario’s Orchestra London, joined the Montreal Symphony for “Messiah,” and began the new year in an operetta gala with the Victoria Symphony. On her calendar: “Elijah” with the Kingston, Ontario Symphony, and the title role in Charpentier’s Louise with Voicebox: Opera in Concert, in Toronto. Last season Mozart was on the soprano’s agenda: Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni in her Vancouver Opera debut, the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro in a return to Pacific Opera Victoria, and his “Coronation Mass” in her Toronto Symphony debut. Leslie also joined the Louisiana Philharmonic and Brott Summer Music for Beethoven’s Ninth and sang Brahms’ “Requiem” with the Victoria Symphony, Britten’s “War Requiem” with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, and Bach’s “Magnificat” with Orchestre symphonique de Québec in another debut.

 

Born in Port Perry, Ontario, Leslie holds a Diploma from the University of Toronto’s Opera Division and a Master’s Degree from the University of Toronto. She is also an alumna of the Orford Festival and attended Tanglewood and the Académie International de Musique Maurice Ravel in France, where she received the Prix du chant Pierre Bernac as winner of the Académie’s voice competition. The soprano’s signature roles include Micaëla, both in Peter Brook’s La tragédie de Carmen, which she performed with Boston Midsummer Opera, and in Bizet’s Carmen with Pacific Opera Victoria, as well as Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow with Toronto Operetta Theatre and Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus for Saskatoon Opera. She has also appeared as Norina in Don Pasquale for Boston Midsummer Opera and Valentine in Les Huguenots for Opera in Concert, as well as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Fiordiligi in Cosìfan tutte, and Adina in L'elisir d'amore

 

Ms. Bradley received the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music Tecumseh Sherman Rogers Graduating Award. The soprano was a winner in the Czech and Slovak International Competition, Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques competition, and the Journée de la Musique Française Competition (Montreal), and has received support from the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation.


 

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