Michelle Bradley with Ken Noda
Michelle Bradley has gained great acclaim as one of today’s most promising Verdi sopranos. Ms. Bradley has made notable debuts as Leonora in La forza del destino (Frankfurt), the title role in Aïda(Nancy), and with the Deutsche Oper for the soprano solo in Verdi’s Requiem (Berlin). In concert, she debuted with the Orchestre de Paris as the soprano solo in Tippett’s A Child of our Time and sang in recital under the auspices of the George London Foundation in Miami and New York City. Recently, Ms. Bradley returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Clotilde in the new David McVicar production of Norma. On the concert stage, she made her debut at the May Festival in Verdi’s Requiem and sang the Four Last Songs with the Santa Cruz Symphony. Ms. Bradley is the 2017 recipient of the Leonie Rysanek Award from the George London Foundation, the 2016 recipient of the Hildegard Behrens Foundation Award, and a first place winner in the Gerda Lissner and the Serge and Olga Koussevitzky vocal competitions. She is the 2014 grand prize winner of The Music Academy of the West’s Marilyn Horne Song Competition.
Ken Noda is honorary teacher for the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera. In July 2019, he retired from his full-time Met position as musical advisor to the program after a 28-year tenure. Mr. Noda is an annual guest coach at the Carnegie Hall/Weill Music Institute, the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, and the Marlboro Music Festival. He studied piano with Daniel Barenboim and, in his first career as a piano soloist, played with the Berlin, Vienna, Israel, and Los Angeles Philharmonics; the London, Boston, and Chicago Symphonies; and L'Orchestre de Paris. Mr. Noda has collaborated in chamber music with Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman and as vocal accompanist to Kathleen Battle, Aprile Millo, Matthew Polenzani, and Deborah Voigt, among many others.
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