Heralded by the San Francisco Chronicle as singing "with terrific poise and clarity," tenor Brad Bradshaw completed both his doctor of music and master of music degrees at the University of Minnesota. His most outstanding performances include tenor roles in Mozart's Don Giovanni and Cosi fan tutte, Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and the lead role of Albert in Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring. Dr. Bradshaw premiered the role of "the Boy" in Libby Larsen's opera Every Man Jack.
Dr. Bradshaw can be heard performing for the renowned Lyra Ensemble, Thursday Musical Society, the Schubert Club, Minnesota Bach Society and the St. John's Oratorio Chorus as the tenor soloist in Handel's Messiah. Other engagements include J.S. Bach's Magnificat and Benjamin Britten's Cantata Miseri Cordium. He has also performed the role of the Evangelist in J.S. Bach's St. Matthew'sPassion.
We began in early 2006. Vocal colleagues began to brainstorm about how to help solo-voiced singers in the Twin Cities have performance opportunities that were different from other choral models in the area. After some preliminary planning and an initial Christmas concert with opera excerpts, Coro! began to develop. With the addition of collaborative pianist Lawrence Henry, our vision and mission began to come together.
With emphasis on classical, opera, operetta, and the lyric stage repertoire, we have been privileged to sing with the Minnesota Sinfonia, MacPhail Center's Sonomento, the Dakota Valley Symphony Orchestra. We have performed at the State Fair for Minnesota Public
Radio and been interviewed on MPR as a featured ensemble. Coro! has performed a wide variety of repertoire including Brahms' Liebeslieder Waltzes, the Verdi Requiem, Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna, as well as our past concert programs such as Viva Verdi, A French Opera Gala,
In a Persian Garden, and A Night in Vienna.
Our mission is to provide vocalists the opportunity to perform solos, duets, and small and full ensembles from classical, opera, operetta, and the lyric stage repertoire.
Lawrence received a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton College and an M.M. in Choral Conducting at the University of Minnesota. He spent several years at the University as a studio vocal accompanist, choral accompanist, and eventually Music Director of the University Opera Theatre, where he conducted Britten's Turn of the Screw and Herbert's Naughty Marietta Awarded a Fellowship three years running at the Bach Aria Festival in Stony Brook, New York, Mr. Henry was on the faculty of Carleton College, and has been staff accompanist, both at Carleton and Macalester Colleges. He accompanies several groups in the Twin Cities, including SkyLark Opera, MN Orchestra, St. Catherine's Choral Society, Voices of Vienna, and MN Chorale. His song arrangements can be found in Dr. Clifton Ware's vocal pedagogy book Adventures in Singing.