New Zealand born baritone Bradley Christensen has been garnering an excellent reputation in Canada and abroad. Equally as comfortable on both concert and operatic stages, Bradley has continued to earn praise for his “most well-rounded instrument...focused, rich, and sympathetically communicative” (Natasha Gautier, Ottawa Citizen). Recently, he was selected by the International Resource Centre for Performing Artists as one of 10 ‘Singing Stars: The Next Generation’, and was awarded the Sondra Radvanovsky scholarship. In her honour, he performed Eugene Onegin’s Act 1 aria live on Classical FM96.3, for which he was hailed for “his imposing height, handsome stage presence and attractive lyric baritone” (Joseph So, Opera Canada).
The 2018/19 season takes Bradley across Canada – highlights include: Ottone (L'incoronazione di Poppea by Monteverdi), and Giant (Jack and the Beanstalk by John Davies) with Manitoba Underground Opera; Michael (Ours by John Estacio) with Opera on the Avalon (also to be performed in 2020 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa); High Priest (Idomeneo by Mozart) with Opera Atelier; Joseph (The Birth of Christ by Andrew T. Miller) with Masterworks of Oakville; and a joint concert with soprano Kelsey Taylor at the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto.
During the 2017/18 season, Bradley made his professional US debut performing the role of Agamemnon (La belle Hélène by Offenbach) with Opera North, while also covering the role of Fred/Petruccio in Cole Porter’s Kiss me Kate. Other season highlights included performing with the Toronto Masque Theatre, Masterworks of Oakville, Southern Ontario Lyric Opera, Georgetown Choral Society, Oakville Choral Society, Upper Canada Choristers, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Loose Tea Music Theatre, Orchestra Toronto and a recital series of Schubert’s iconic Winterreise.
Additional performance highlights include appearances with Ottawa’s Thirteen Strings, the Ottawa Choral Society, Grand Philharmonic Choir of Kitchener-Waterloo, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, and at the Westben Festival and the Festival of the Sound. Bradley is also a keen recitalist, having performed in the Canadian Opera Company Concert Series, the Concerts @100 Series, the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, and with the Pocket Concert Group.
Bradley obtained his Master’s degree from the University of Toronto where he was the recipient of the University of Toronto - Faculty of Music Vocal Performance and Pedagogy Graduate Award. Bradley is an alumnus of the prestigious Rebanks Family Fellowship and International Performance Residency Program at The Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School. He is also a graduate of the University of Auckland, completing a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Italian, and a Bachelor of Music with Honours in voice and violin. During his studies at the University of Auckland, he won the Pears-Britten singing scholarship, the Marie D’Albini scholarship in singing, and a travelling scholarship to study in Italy in 2007.