French Bouquet

April 16, 2016 at 8:00pm


Jean-Michel Malouf – conductor

Bradley Christensen, baritone

On the program

M. Ravel - Bolero
J. Offenbach - Ballet Parisienne
G. Faure - Pavane
C. Debussy - Nocturne
P. Mercure - Kaleidoskope
Arias by Gounod, Poulenc, Massenet

Bradley Christensen, baritone

New Zealand born baritone Bradley Christensen has earned praise for his “splendid vocal style and appealing stage presence,” and is quickly gaining reputation in recital and on the operatic stage.

A graduate of the University of Auckland, he completed a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Italian, and a Bachelor of Music with Honours in singing. The recipient of the University of Toronto - Faculty of Music Vocal Performance and Pedagogy Graduate Award, he completed a Masters of Music in Voice Performance and Pedagogy under the tutelage of Dr. Darryl Edwards.

During his studies at the University of Auckland, he won the Pears-Britten singing scholarship, the Marie D’Albini scholarship in singing, and a travelling scholarship to study in Italy in 2007. Since immigrating from New Zealand to Canada in 2011, Bradley’s Opera/Operetta credits have included: Belcore - L’elisir d’amore, Major-General Stanley - Pirates of Penzance, Antonio - Le Nozze di Figaro, Ko-Ko - The Mikado, Lord Mark - The Wings of the Dove, Marco - Gianni Schicchi, The Duke of Plaza-Toro - The Gondoliers, Casanova – Casanova, Demetrius - A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Man with a Cornet Case - Postcard from Morocco, The Vicar of St. James - Footsteps in Campbell House, Hermann Fegelein - Führerbunker, andSergeant Meryll - Yeomen of the Guard.

Bradley has performed at the Westben Festival and the Festival of Sound - Parry Sound with Larry Beckwith and the Toronto Masque Theatre, Opera on the Avalon in Newfoundland, as well as in a number of recital series in Toronto. Most recently, he reached the finals of the New Zealand Aria Competition.

Highlights for the 2015/16 season include performing Sergeant Meryll (Yeomen of the Guard) with the COSI Connection, Winterreise with pianist Shaya Petroff, Jesus from Arvo Pärt’s incredible Passio, with the Grand Philharmonic Choir, Frank (Die Fledermaus) with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the baritone soloist in Carmina Burana with the Ottawa Choral Society, Mega (The Star Gatherer) with the Gaudeamus Choirs of Halton Hills, French chansons with the Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra and a chamber music recital with Pocket Concerts.


With the generous support of

  • Premier Homecare Services
  • Columbus Centre
  • St. John's Music
  • Toronto Arts Council
  • Ontario Arts Council
  • Ontario Trillium Foundation