Bradley, Gwendolyn, black American soprano; b. N.Y., Dec. 12, 1952. She received training at the N.C. School of the Arts in Winston- Salem, N.C, the Curtis Inst. of Music in Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Academy of Vocal Arts. In 1976 she made her operatic debut as Verdi’s Nannetta at the Lake George (N.Y.) Opera, and on Feb. 20, 1981, she made her first appearance at the Metropolitan Opera in N.Y. as the Nightingale in L’Enfant et les sortilèges, returning there to sing such roles as Blondchen, Gilda, and Offenbach’s Olympia in subsequent years. She made her European debut at the Corfu (Greece) Festival in 1981, and later was guest artist with opera companies in Cleveland, Philadelphia, Amsterdam, Glyndebourne, Hamburg, Berlin, Monte Carlo, and Nice. She also appeared as a soloist with many distinguished orchs. and as a recitalist.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire