A national treasure, Greta Bradman is an internationally acclaimed Australian soprano at home on the opera, recital, and concert stage. Greta is an exclusive Decca Classics recording artist. Her debut album for Decca Classics, My Hero, was recorded with Richard Bonynge and the English Chamber Orchestra in London (May 2015). My Hero received five-star reviews internationally and nationally, and enjoyed record breaking chart success, topping the classical, and classical crossover Australian charts for some months, remaining in the top ten for a year, as well as obtaining the highest ever debut position for an Australian operatic/classical album on the general (pop) ARIA album chart. Greta’s follow-up regional and metropolitan tour of “My Hero” consolidated the album’s success even further and is testament to Greta’s dedication to taking classical music to rural regions.
Greta has performed with many orchestras in Australia and the UK, including every Australian state symphony orchestra and a large array of chamber ensembles, choirs, and singers and musicians both in Australia and the UK, USA and Europe. International tours have included with the Australian World Orchestra and Zubin Mehta. She has performed operas conducted by Richard Bonynge, and most recently received critical acclaim for her performances as Mimì in La bohème for Opera Australia in the Sydney Opera House (January–March 2017).
In 2013 Greta was the recipient of the Australian International Opera Award and studied at the Wales International Academy of Voice completing her studies with distinction. Alongside her graduate studies at WIAV (Master of Advanced Vocal Studies) Greta has a Bachelor of Music Degree (performance voice) and a vocal Fellowship from the Australian National Academy of Music. She has an Arts degree (Psychology and Linguistics majors), Honours Degree in Psychology (1st class; Dux) and Master of Psychology (clinical, cont), and graduate diplomas in French and German.
Greta presents the weekly Sunday Morning program on ABC Classic FM. She utilises her psychology training heading up the content and delivery of workshops for the Arts Wellbeing Collective, as a mentor with people working in the performing arts sector, and as a researcher in the area of performance psychology. She is on the board of the Australian Mental Health Prize chaired by Ita Buttrose, is a patron of the St Matthews Music Foundation, an Ambassador of Her Majesty’s Theatre alongside Barry Humphries, and is a faculty member with Alain de Botton’s The School of Life. Greta is a keen proponent of Australian composers and has had works written for her by Peter Sculthorpe, Betty Beath, Ross Edwards, Katy Abbott, Paul Stanhope, Quentin Grant, Calvin Bowman, Tom Henry, Carl Crossin, among others.
In May this year she will record her second album for Decca focused around the subject of ‘Home’, and recorded in her hometown of Adelaide with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Adelaide Chamber Singers conducted by Luke Dollman. It will range from music by Gounod, Dvorák, Mendelssohn and Adams to Barber, Copland and Donald Bradman. Three of the works are especially arranged for this recording by the Australian musical icon, Richard Mills. The album is scheduled for release in September.