The singer will work with Sutherland’s Maestro, Richard Bonynge for debut recording.
Decca Classics have added Australian soprano Greta Bradman to their stable of acclaimed artists (which includes vocal legends such as Pavarotti, Tebaldi, Bartoli and Fleming), with the announcement of the recitalist, concert and opera star’s debut album for the label.
Featuring a selection of opera arias ranging from Handel to Verdi, Bradman will record her first disc, titled My Hero, in London this month, with the English Chamber Orchestra under the baton of conductor Richard Bonynge. Bradman is in excellent hands with the illustrious Australian Maestro, who is best known for his close association with Dame Joan Sutherland, conducting for virtually all Sutherland’s operatic appearances from 1962 until her retirement in 1990, as well as a number of recordings with Dame Sutherland for Decca.
Richard Bonynge with Dame Joan Sutherland
Bradman’s new album takes its name after an aria from Oscar Straus’ operetta The Chocolate Soldier, but it is also in tribute to the artist’s personal heroes; Richard Bonynge, with whom she is collaborating for the album, but also her maternal grandfather Horace Young, a keen amateur singer, and her paternal grandfather Sir Donald Bradman. The legendary Australian cricketer had a passion for classical music and in particular the soprano voice, and his collection of LPs, which Greta Bradman listened to as a child, have informed the singer’s choice of repertoire for this debut recording with Decca. In addition to arias by Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Bellini, Rossini, Verdi and Massenet, the disc will also feature a trio of bon-bons: When you wish upon a star, Edelweiss and I dreamt I dwelt in marble halls.
Speaking of her signing to Decca, Bradman said, “When I was six years old I wrote in “my autobiography” for school: “When I grow up I want to be an incredible singer”. By that, I meant a classical singer – like my idols including the great Dame Joan. So I am beyond words to describe how much this means to me, to my family, and I really look forward to doing my best to honour the quality, passion and style that is part of the label and all that it stands for.”
In addition to recording her debut disc, 2015’s highlights include another landmark engagement for Bradman, who will be joining the Australian World Orchestra, at the invitation of Maestro Zubin Mehta, in October for their tour of India, the first Australian orchestra to tour the subcontinent.
Greta Bradman’s My Hero, is released by Decca Classics, 7 August 2015.