Greta Bradman

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Greta Bradman
Born1979 (age 39–40)
ResidenceMelbourne, Victoria
OccupationOperatic soprano
Spouse(s)Didier Elzinga

Greta Bradman[1] is an Australian operatic soprano.


Richard Bonynge selected Bradman to sing the title role in a performance of Handel's Rodelinda in 2014.[2][3]

Bradman was the subject of two episodes of the ABC TV program Australian Story in 2015.[4] Later that year, she joined David Hobson, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, and Lisa McCune for a concert tour of the five Australian mainland state capitals.[5] Bradman's name was added as a critics' choice to the Walk of Fame at the Adelaide Festival Centre.[6]

After guest presenting in 2016, in 2017 Bradman joined ABC Classic FM as a presenter.[7]

2017 saw Bradman's debut in a fully staged opera as Mimì in Gale Edwards' production of La bohème for Opera Australia in the Sydney Opera House.[8] Bradman – with vocalist Luke Harrison, guitarist Karin Schaupp and the Queensland Ballet – performed "Eliza's Aria" from Elena Kats-Chernin's Wild Swans in the 2018 Commonwealth Games closing ceremony.[9]



Bradman was born in Adelaide as Greta Bradsen. She is a granddaughter of cricketer Sir Don Bradman. Her father John had changed his name from Bradman to Bradsen in order to escape the inevitable connection with his father's celebrity, but the family changed back to Bradman when Greta was a teenager.[11]

Her husband is Didier Elzinga, with whom she has two sons,[1][12] Jude and Caspar.[13]


  1. ^ a b "Greta Bradman and her favourite things" by Joanne Trzcinski, Herald Sun, 29 January 2011
  2. ^ Classic Melbourne Rodelinda review by Heather Leviston, Classic Melbourne, "With a dark mezzo quality in her middle voice and an ability to float her voice when singing soft sustained notes and intricate coloratura passages, she was at times uncannily similar in vocal quality to Sutherland."
  3. ^ "He was a maestro on the cricket pitch, she is an upcoming opera star: Meet Don Bradman's diva granddaughter who is about to hit the big time" by Leesa Smith, Daily Mail Australia, 27 July 2015
  4. ^ "Being Bradman – Part One", 27 July 2015; "Part Two", 3 August 2015
  5. ^ From Broadway to La Scala – Australia Archived 12 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Walk of Fame, Adelaide Festival Centre, accessed 9 January 2017
  7. ^ "Classic Moves: Margaret Throsby and Greta Bradman join the weekend in 2017", press release, ABC Classic FM, 16 November 2016
  8. ^ "La bohème (Opera Australia)" by Angus McPherson, Limelight, 25 February 2017
  9. ^ "Gold Coast teen stars in Closing Ceremony and records Games song with Katie Noonan" by Suzanne Simonot, Gold Coast Bulletin, 18 April 2018
  10. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 23 April 2018. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  11. ^ Belinda Hawkins and Wendy Page, "Sir Donald Bradman: Living in the shadow of The Don's fame", Australian Story, ABC TV, 27 July 2015. Retrieved 19 October 2018
  12. ^ Patrick McDonald (2015-08-04). "Soprano Greta Bradman hurt her voice to try to avoid Don Bradman's fame". The Advertiser. Adelaide. Retrieved 2018-04-17.
  13. ^ "Greta Bradman". The Australian Women's Weekly. 2017-08-10. Retrieved 2018-04-17 – via PressReader.

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