Australian tenor, Brad Cooper is a dynamic performer and educator, equally excited to engage in a wide range of genres.
2018 sees Brad reprising his Raoul de St. Brioche in The Merry Widow and tackling Pyotr Fedorovitch in Shostakovich’s The Nose for Opera Australia. He tackles the role of Jonathan in Handel’s Saul for Sydney Philharmonia at the Sydney Opera House, appears as tenor soloist in Rossini’s Petit Messe Solennelle with the Choir of St James’, King Street, takes the title role in Britten’s St Nicholas at Newcastle Festival, tours NSW & Victoria with Vienna based violinist, Russell McGregor and performs in the Music at Manly concert series.
Brad travels to Ohio in April 2018 for ORMACO’s World Tour of Music week, where he’ll run workshops, give recitals of Australian music and culminate his Residency performing with local high school students in Terra Australis – Songs from Down Under.
Brad’s European appearances include Tamino in Die Zauberflöte & Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Oper Köln, Don Alonse in L’Amant Jaloux for Opera Comique, Paris (released on DVD), Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia for Opera Holland Park in London, Davey in Jonathan Dove’s Siren Song (live CD released on Chandos) and Aubry in Marschner’s Der Vampyr for Grachtenfestival, Amsterdam, creating the role of Clem in Mischa Hamel’s Snow White for Nederlandse Reisopera and appearing in concert with Anna Netrebko in Moscow.
Since returning from Europe in 2011 Brad has appeared as Albert in Albert Herring, Tamino in The Magic Flute and Basilo/Curzio in The Marriage of Figaro for Opera Australia, as Zadok, the Priest in Handel’s Solomon and Jonathan in Saul for Leichardt Espresso Chorus, Orfeo in Haydn’s Orfeo ed Euridice under Richard Bonynge for the Sydney Conservatorium Centenary and as tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah at Sydney Town Hall and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Canberra Symphony.
Brad’s show Von Korngold bis Kabarett has played to packed audiences in London, Sydney, Melbourne and Regional Australia (live CD released 2018), while 2015’s Don’t Mention the War enjoyed enthusiastic success in Melbourne Recital Centre’s Spotlight Series and at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery. Brad appears regularly at the iconic Silverton Hotel outside Broken Hill for Arias in the Outback, in concert for the Robert Stolz Viennese Society and Inventi Ensemble, while his Magic Flute Workshop has been enjoyed by primary school children in the United Kingdom, Sydney and regional New South Wales.
Brad studied at the Sydney Conservatorium, the National Opera Studio, London, and with Marilyn Horne at the Music Academy of the West, California. He is thankful for the support of Nance Atkinson Trust, Johnson Bequest, Tait Memorial Trust, The Australian Goethe Institute, Australian Opera Auditions Committee’s Dame Joan Sutherland Award and the Australian Singing Competition.