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Color: Red
Food: Salmon
Quote: It Is What It Is.
Season: Fall
Vacation Destination: St. Martin
Birthplace
Huntsville, Alabama
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Biography |

Interview Date: 10/3/2016 |and| 10/25/2016

Opera singer and human resources executive Andrea Bradford was born in Huntsville, Alabama to Dr. Henry Bradford, Jr. and Nell Lane Bradford. Bradford attended Oakwood College in Huntsville before receiving her degree in vocal performance from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, Ohio. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts from Boston University College of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts.

A soprano, Bradford began her vocal training in high school with Sister Mary Elise S.B.S., the co-founder of Opera Ebony in New York City. Bradford joined the Opera Company of Boston in 1975, and toured with the company and Sarah Caldwell, the company’s founder and conductor, throughout New England and Europe. During this period, Bradford also performed as a recitalist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops Orchestra. Between 1984 and 1988, Bradford was manager of college recruiting for Bain & Company, one of the Big Three management consulting firms. In 1988, Bradford became vice president, executive recruiter for Isaacson, Miller. Then, in 1990, Bradford performed in the Opera Company of Boston’s production of The Balcony by Robert Di Domenica. For the opera’s world premiere, Bradford created the role of Chantal, a brothel’s revolutionary. She performed at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia in 1991, and in the Boston Lyric Opera production of Lost in the Stars in 1992. From 1992 to 1994, Bradford was assistant director of admissions for Berklee College of Music in Boston before serving as director of minority and multicultural affairs at Columbia Business School in New York City. She was national director of college recruiting for KPMG Peat Marwick from 1996 to 1997. In 1997, Bradford began working as operations administrator for West Park Presbyterian Church as well as vice president of organizational consulting and career management at Right Management Consultants, both in New York City. Bradford worked for Career Central LLC (2008-2009), Partners in Human Resources (2009-2010) and Amnesty International USA (2010-2012) before becoming director of human resources for Ms. Foundation for Women in 2012.

Additional productions in which Bradford performed include: La traviata, The Barber of Seville, Madame Butterfly Leroy Jenkins’ The Negro Burial Ground and Three Willies. Bradford lives in New York City.
Andrea Bradford was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 3, 2016.

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