Greta Bradman's songs that soar grounded in music passion of Don and other grandparents
Soprano Greta Bradman as featured on her Grace album.
Greta Bradman’s career as an operatic soprano was founded on a strong musical streak in her family – including her famous cricketer grandfather Don. As a young girl, Greta Bradman went to her grandparents' Kensington Park house every day after school where she was surrounded by her grandfather’s passion for music.
Don Bradman had been a boy soprano in his school choir, was a skilled pianist, and composed music. At the Bradman centenary dinner in Sydney in 2015, Greta sang his 1930 composition “Every day is a rainbow day for me”.
After school at “Grandpa and Lulla's house”, Greta’s grandfather would play the piano while she danced around or sang. Or they'd listen to his extensive collection of LPs.
Greta's grandmother Jessie Bradman was also musical and had been part of a vocal trio The Menzies Sisters. Greta's father was a talented jazz musician and her maternal grandfather had been an opera singer.
Greta studied music at Adelaide University’s Elder Conservatorium when she was also a soloist and member of Adelaide Chamber Singers, winner of consecutive Choir of the World awards. She sung with award-winning Eve Vocal Trio and had guest soloist positions with ensembles including the Adelaide Philharmonia Chorus, Syntony, Graduate Singers and Cantamus and, in both 2007 and 2008, was awarded OsCart Awards for her solo recital work.
She won critics choice awards including APRA/AMCOS Performance of the Year (2013) and numerous OzCart awards. Nominated for Helpmann, MusicOz and ARIA awards, she won the Australian International Opera Award in 2013-14 allowing her to move to Cardiff to train with the Wales International Academy of Voice.Richard Bonynge selected Bradman to sing the title role in a performance of Handel’s Rodelinda in 2014.
Along with an ongoing concerts, Greta Bradman has recorded for Sony, ABC Classics and independently, including two solo albums.
At Adelaide University, she combined her love of music with another continuing passion, the human mind, completing bachelor degrees in arts (psychology major) and music.