BETH MADSEN BRADFORD
Beth Madsen Bradford and Angela Niederloh
The Rake's Progress, Portland Opera, 2015
Beth Madsen Bradford, mezzo soprano, has been praised by critics for her “lovely, vibrant tone” and “gutsy” portrayals of some of opera’s greatest characters. She performs regularly throughout the West Coast, where her roles encompass the dramatic and comedic repertoire. Recent highlights include Madame de Croissy (Dialogues des Carmélites), Mother Goose (The Rake’s Progress), Florence Pike (Albert Herring), Mrs. Grose (The Turn of the Screw), Filipyevna (Eugene Onegin), Marta (Iolanta), Juno/Ino (Semele), Princess Eboli (Don Carlo), Zita and Zia Principessa (Il Trittico) and The Witch (Hansel and Gretel), as well as several of Gilbert and Sullivan’s favorite operetta roles: the title role in Iolanthe, Phoebe (Yeomen of the Guard), Little Buttercup (H.M.S. Pinafore) and Ruth (The Pirates of Penzance), for which Beth won a Portland Area Musical Theater Award for Outstanding Performance.
A regular on the concert stage, Beth’s orchestral repertoire includes Verdi’s Requiem, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Missa Solemnis, Mozart's Requiem, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, and Handel’s Messiah. Beth was selected as a semifinalist in the 2012 Oratorio Society of New York Solo Competition, and performs frequently as a guest recitalist around the region.
Beth has sung with Portland Opera, Oregon Symphony, Portland Chamber Orchestra, Tacoma Opera, Eugene Opera, Skagit Opera, Aspen Opera Theater Center, Rogue Valley Symphony, Juneau Symphony, Vashon Opera and Walla Walla Symphony, among others. She received training with the International Vocal Arts Institute, the Des Moines Metro Opera Apprentice Program and Aspen Opera Theater Center. Beth makes her home in Portland, Oregon.