Leslie Ann Bradley made her Pacific Opera Victoria debut in 2012 as Micaëla in Carmen. She returned in 2014 as the Countess Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro and in 2015 for her role debut as Desdemona in Verdi's Otello. Leslie Ann is back at Pacific Opera in 2019 for the title role of Kálmán's Countess Maritza.
In demand in both Canada and the U.S., the Canadian soprano has performed with Opéra de Québec (the title role in La veuve joyeuse), Vancouver Opera (Countess Almaviva), Louisiana Philharmonic (Carmina Burana), Victoria Symphony (Berg's Sieben Frühe Lieder), Toronto Symphony (Mozart concert arias), Symphony Nova Scotia (Beethoven's Symphony No. 9), the Naples Philharmonic, and the Berkshire Choral Festival.
Recent highlights include Villa Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 and Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem with Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and Elijah with the Calgary Philharmonic.
Ms. Bradley holds a Master's Degree from the University of Toronto and a Diploma from the University of Toronto's Opera Division. 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 University of Toronto 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.
Blessed with a gorgeous voice and impressive acting ability Bradley’s Desdemona was a woman who made her own decisions. Her profound expression of love and partnership with Benedikt in the kiss duet gave his suspicions against her the greater horror. her lyricism and latent dread in "La canzon del salice" ("The Willow Song") gave her tragedy the greater pathos.
Elizabeth Paterson, Review Vancouver, Review of Pacific Opera Victoria's Otello, 2015
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... emerges as a vocal and dramatic powerhouse
Kevin Bazzana, Times Colonist, review of Pacific Opera Victoria's Carmen, 2012