New York Classical Review
Soprano Michelle Bradley won the George London-Leonie Rysanek Award, one of the top five, and she was easily the star of the day. With her gorgeous voice, rich, rounded, and violet colored, she sang Verdi’s “D’amor sull ali rosee” from Il Trovatore, and it was tremendous. Beyond the sheer beauty of her voice and her technical command, Bradley had clearly thought deeply about the music. The shape of her phrases distilled not only the character but the drama of the opera down to a musical essence.
One would be remiss not to mention the powerful sense of ensemble that permeated this work. From the sumptuous choral singing to the four soloists (Michelle Bradley, Rihab Chaieb, Rolando Sanz and David Crawford) in the isolated duets to the magnificent quartet with its yearnful lament, the sense of cohesion was a trademark of this performance.
Bradley’s voluminous voice maintains impressive flexibility and surprising lightness in a wide range of repertory, from its rich, warm, vibrant middle and lower registers to its bright, full, thrilling top.