Emerita Professor of Music
A soprano of remarkable talent. Her range is matched only by her willingness to place the music first in the building of a musical product..." Her "musicianship was as impressive as her vocal skills," was the way The New York Times praised Jean Bradel's creation of the lead role, Beata, in the world premiere of Margaret Garwood's opera, Rappaccini's Daughter. Ms. Bradel, a world-class lyric spinto soprano, was engaged for four years as a solo artist at landestheater Linz, Austria. ‘" A strong and extraordinary talent" (Volksblatt, Linz, Austria), she performed ten major roles including Mimi in La Boheme, Countess in The Marriage of Figaro, Antonio in The Tales of Hoffman, Nedda in Pagliacci, Marguerite in Faust, Elsa in Lohengrin, and Agatha in Der Freischutz, for a total of more than one hundred seventy performances. She was also operatic guest artist with the opera companies in Basel, Switzerland, and Wiesbaden, Germany, and concert soloist with the Austrian National Radio and Television Orchestra (Vienna, Austria), and with the Bruckner Orchestra (Linz, Austria). Ms. Bradel graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where she received a master of fine arts degree in voice and a bachelor of fine arts degree in music. During this time, she was an apprentice for two seasons with the Santa Fe Opera Company, performed with Italy's Opera Barga Company for two seasons, was the first place winner of the Music Teachers National Association Competition, and a Metropolitan Opera Auditions National finalist. She is a frequent soloist with orchestras in the East, performing with the Pittsburgh, Delaware, North Carolina, Reading, Harrisburg, York and Lancaster Symphony Orchestras.
Her performances included the Verdi Requiem, Strauss's Four Last Songs, Rossini's Stabat Mater, Rachmaninoff's The Bells, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, and Ah! Perfio, Op. 65, Brahm's German Requiem, Cantata para America Magica Op. 27 by Ginastera, Bruckner's Mass In D, Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet, Stravinsky's Stravinsky Mass, Hymn of Praise by Mendelssohn, Poulenc's Gloria, Mozart's Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, Beethoven's Christ on the Mt. of Olives, Britten's Los Illuminations, Handel's Messiah, Requiem by Rutter, Satie's Socrate, La Damoiselle Elue by Debussy, Vivaldi's Gloria, Vaughan Willams' Hodie, and Aspen Jubilee by Nelson. Since returning from Europe, Ms. Bradel is maintaining a very active and high profile in her many opera and symphony engagements. She is in great demand as a vocalist, lecturer and conductor of vocal master classes. A master voice teacher, Ms. Bradel maintains a distinguished voice studio. . Currently several of her students are performing lead roles in Europe, Nationally and on Broadway. In addition, she is Professor of Music Emerita at Millersville University, is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc., and is on the staff of the Central Pennsylvania Voice Care Institute. Recently she received the distinguished honor of being placed on the Wayne County, North Carolina Museum's "Wall of Fame" for her outstanding contributions as both a performer and an educator