Greta Bradman - My Hero

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Greta Bradman (soprano)
English Chamber Orchestra, Richard Bonynge

‘True old-fashioned bel canto sound – the sort we only dream about today’ announced Richard Bonynge, internationally recognized as one of the greatest of opera conductors and connoisseurs of the voice, speaking of Greta Bradman. Bonynge chose Greta to sing the title role in a performance of Rodelinda in 2014 and the critics were lavish in their praise. ‘With a dark mezzo quality in her middle voice and an ability to float her voice when singing soft sustained notes and intricate coloratura passages, she was at times uncannily similar in vocal quality to Sutherland,’ wrote Classic Melbourne. On the strength of these performances, Bonynge invited Greta to record with him, and in May this year, the two collaborated on her first operatic recording to be released internationally on Decca – the label that is home to such great artists as Luciano Pavarotti, Renata Tebaldi, Cecilia Bartoli and Renée Fleming. Bonynge himself made well over a hundred records for Decca between 1962 and 1998, many with his late wife, Joan Sutherland. This album marks an auspicious return for the maestro to the label.


OSCAR STRAUS My Hero (The Chocolate Soldier)
MASSENET Il est doux, il est bon (Hérodiade)
BIZET C’est des contrebandiers … Je dis que rien ne m’épouvante (Carmen)
BALFE I dreamt I dwelt in marble halls (The Bohemian Girl)
BELLINI Casta Diva – Ah! Bello a me ritorna (Norma)
VERDI Vanne, lasciami … D’amor sull’ali rosee (Il trovatore)
ROSSINI Una voce poco fa (Il barbiere di Siviglia)
MOZART Ach ich liebte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail)
HAYDN Filomena abbandonata L’anima del filosofo ossia Orfeo ed Euridice
HANDEL Ombre, piante, urne funeste! (Rodelinda)
HANDEL Morrai, sì l’empia tua testa (Rodelinda)
HORN Cherry Ripe
VERDI Mercé, dilette amiche (I vespri siciliani)
KÁLMÁN Mein Traum, mein Traum (Kaiserin Josephine)
RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN Edelweiss (The Sound of Music)
HARLINE & WASHINGTON When You Wish Upon A Star (Pinocchio)