Described as a 'wonderful coloratura soprano' [Traunsteiner Tagblatt] with a 'radiant voice' [de Telegraaf], English soprano Hannah Bradbury was recently announced as the 'Best New Female Artist' at the 2016 Austrian Music Theatre Awards (Oesterreichischer Musiktheaterpreis) held in Vienna for her role as Lisa in the Salzburg Landestheater’s production of Bellini's  'La Sonnambula'. During the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 seasons, Hannah was a member of the ensemble at the Salzburg Landestheater where her other roles included  Fiorilla in Rossini’s 'Il Turco in Italia', Marzelline in Beethoven’s 'Fidelio', Zerlina in Mozart’s 'Don Giovanni', Mona in 'Stormy Interlude' by Max Brandt and the title role in Caldara’s 'Dafne'.  

Hannah made her professional and international debut in 2013 at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma in the role of Der Friedensbote in Wagner’s 'Rienzi'. She returned to the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma the following season in the role of Frasquita in Bizet’s 'Carmen'. For the 2013/2014 season, Hannah was a member of the International Opera Studio at Zurich Opera House. During her time as a studio member at Opernhaus Zurich, her roles included Barena in Janacek’s 'Jenufa', Musetta (Cover) in Puccini’s 'La Boheme' and Elisetta in Cimarosa’s 'Il Matrimonio Segreto'.

In 2009 at the age of twenty one, Hannah was the winner of the International Mozart Singing Competition where she was also awarded the Young Singer First Prize and the Sacred song/Aria Prize. Other competition successes include 3rd Prize at the Great Elm Vocal Awards 2009 (Wigmore Hall, London) and 2nd Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Society Bursary for Young Singers Award in 2006. In 2010, Hannah was selected as one of five finalists in the BBC Kiri Te Kanawa Prize, performing with the BBC Concert Orchestra, broadcast live on BBC Radio 2. Hannah was also awarded the Miriam Licette scholarship following her performance in the Maggie Teyte & Miriam Licette Competition 2011. In 2012, Hannah was the winner of the NTR Media Prize in the 49th International Vocal Competition,’s-Hertogenbosch (Netherlands). 

 

Hannah studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London. Having graduated with First Class Honours from the Bachlor of Music degree course, she continued her studies on the Royal Academy’s Master of Arts programme where she graduated with Distinction in 2011. She was also awarded the prestigious Diploma of the Royal Academy of Music for outstanding final recital. During her time at the Academy, Hannah was awarded the Arthur Burcher Memorial Prize, the Foundation Award and the Samuel Douglas & Birdie Matthews Prize. Hannah completed her opera studies in the Netherlands as a member of the Dutch National Opera Studio where her roles included Susanna in Mozart’s 'Le Nozze di Figaro', Sandrina in Mozart’s 'La Finta Giardiniera' and Max in Knussen’s 'Where the Wild Things Are'.

soprano Hannah Bradbury
Photo by Fedor Lunin