"an easy lyric tenor"
Daily Telegraph, Sydney – Tom Pillans
"...Cooper performed the job swimmingly!"
Daily Telegraph, Sydney – Grant Jones
"...the laurels on opening night were most definitely won by Brad Cooper in the title role.
A most auspicious debut. […] a ‘star is born’ moment."
ABC Limelight Magazine - Clive Paget (Albert Herring, Opera Australia)
"Brad Cooper was simply superb in the role of Orfeo, singing with a depth of passion. The role is constant and demanding, and his vocal interpretation was consistently impressive."
ClassikON - Marguerite Foxon (Orfeo ed Euridice, Sydney)
"A star was born on the first night of the run when tenor Brad Cooper opened his mouth. You could go round the world and never hear a better-sung Count Almaviva."
Musical Criticism, UK - Dominic McHugh (Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Opera Holland Park)
"He’s fearless in his vocal athleticism and heroic enough in character to mask the role’s difficulties."
THE STAGE.CO.UK - Edward Bhesania (Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Opera Holland Park)
Brad Cooper is a dynamic performer, equally excited to perform in Opera, Operetta, Lieder & Kabarett.
Brad is thrilled to be back performing in 2021, enjoying a triumphant return at the Sydney Opera House on 5th of January as Raoul de St. Brioche in Merry Widow with Opera Australia. This Easter he is thrilled to revisit Handel's Messiah at Sydney's St Andrews Cathedral on Good Friday before making his role debut as Florestan in Beethoven’s Fidelio for Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg in Germany July/August.
Teaming up with legendary cabaret pianist Bev Kennedy, Brad has enjoyed sell out success with his groundbreaking new Weimar Republic Kabarett: BERLIN ELECTRIC at Eternity Playhouse for Darlinghurst Theatre Company, Claire's Kitchen at le Salon, The Chalet in Medlow Bath and Newcastle Music Festival.
Brad teams up with Hans Stolz in Austria for the ROBERT STOLZ PROJEKT, collaborating with friends in Australia and Europe in celebration of the music of Robert Stolz, his friends and contemporaries.
2020 saw Brad dive into the world of Wagner, preparing the title role of Lohengrin with Siegfried Jerusalem for Opera Australia and the Sailor & Shepherd in Tristan und Isolde for Opera Queensland. These engagements were all ultimately cancelled but the experience itself was hugely rewarding.
Brad’s operatic career has seen him tour throughout China as Radamès in Aida, perform Tamino in Die Zauberflöte for Opera Australia, Oper Köln & English Touring Opera, Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Oper Köln, Albert in Albert Herring for Opera Australia, Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia for Opera Holland Park in London, Don Alonse in Grétry’s L’amant jaloux for Opera Comique in Paris, Davey in Jonathan Dove’s Siren Song & Aubry in Marschner’s Der Vampyr for Grachtenfestival in Amsterdam, Emilio in Tutti in Maschera at Wexford Festival and create the role of Clem in Misha Hamel’s Snow White for Nederlandse Reisopera.
In concert Brad has performed Jonathan in Handel’s Saul & Beethoven’s 'Ode to Joy' for Philharmonia Choirs at Sydney Opera House, Britten’s St Nicolas at Newcastle Music Festival, Handel’s Messiah at Sydney Town Hall, the title role in Haydn’s L’orfeo under the baton of Richard Bonynge, and in Gala Concert with Anna Netrebko in Moscow 2009.
Brad's COOPER singt KABARETT shows have taken him to London’s Leyton House, The Bop Stop in Cleveland, Technopolis 20 in Cyprus, City Recital Hall & Claire’s Kitchen at Le Salon in Sydney, Melbourne Recital Centre & Savage Club in Melbourne, Merrigong Theatre in Wollongong, Newcastle Music Festival, Orange Conservatorium, Hungerford Hill Winery and Broken Hill Regional Gallery.
Brad’s NIGHT in VIENNA concerts are sell out successes at the Hydro Majestic Hotel and ARIAS in the OUTBACK is an annual hit at the iconic Silverton Hotel for Broken Hill City Council.
Brad is passionate about sharing his love of music. MAGIC FLUTE WORKSHOP has brought the fantastical world of Opera to thousands of children in Australia. His 2018 choir & band project for ORMACO, TERRA AUSTRALIS, introduced hundreds of Ohio students to Australian Music, while Pitch & Present - Opera Edition inspires corporate professionals to use their voice to be truly heard.
Brad studied with Maree Ryan at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the National Opera Studio in London and with Marilyn Horne at Music Academy of the West, California.
Brad is thankful for the support of Nance Atkinson Trust, Wagner Society in NSW, Tait Memorial Trust, Australian Singing Competition and the Dame Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge Scholarship.