Soon to make her Australian debut in the role of Gilda, the Russian soprano talks about overcoming her scepticism about what is now a calling card role.
In late 2016, Greta Bradman wasn’t sure whether she would ever sing again, at least not at the same level. She had decided that she needed to have neck surgery – which might or might not have an impact on her voice. For someone who knew she would “go crazy” if she couldn’t sing, it was a frightening prospect. Greta Bradman. Photo © Albert Comper No wonder she talks so much about feeling grateful now that she is fully recovered and her voice has returned to its former beauty. That gratitude infuses her new album Home, to be released by Decca Classics on April 13. “This entire album is built around my love for home, for music, my family and essentially for the simple life filled with love, connection and gratitude,” says the popular soprano. “I am so grateful to get to sing, and do what I do,” Bradman tells Limelight as she prepares for a national tour in June, performing material from the new album. Her last solo tour, promoting her chart-topping 2015 debut recording for Decca Classics, My Hero, conducted by Richard Bonynge, was hugely successful. But behind the scenes Bradman was struggling with a congential abnormality in