Bradley Daley was born in Australia and studied music at the University of Southern Queensland and the Queensland Conservatorium before continuing his private studies in the United States and Europe.
His many roles have included Riccardo in Oberto, Carlo in Giovanna d'Arco, Alfredo in La traviata, Radames in Aida, Riccardo in Un ballo in maschera, Manrico in Il trovatore, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Calaf in Turandot, Boris in Kát'a Kabanová, Peter in Peter Grimes, Samson in Samson et Delilah, Mao Tse Tung in Nixon in China, Eric in Der fliegende Holländer and Billy and Bill in Mahagonny Songspiel and Happy End.
Since making his debut with the English National Opera as Rodolfo in La bohème, Bradley has worked with a variety of companies in the United Kingdom and Europe. These have included Opera North, Welsh National Opera, English National Opera, Holland Park Opera and Co-Opera Ireland. He has performed regularly with Muziektheatre Transparent in Belgium, Compagnia d'Opera Italiana di Milano, Opera Nomade in Paris; in 2005, he was invited to give the first performance of a Western opera at the Hanoi Opera House. Concert appearances have included Festival Hall, the Barbican, Brangwyn Hall in Wales, Großes Festspielhaus Salzburg, Melbourne Town Hall and the concert halls of both the Queensland Arts Centre and the Sydney Opera House.
Bradley has been involved in two world premières: he created the role of Staff Officer in English National Opera’s The Silver Tassie by Mark Anthony Turnage and the role of Gunther in The Triumph of Spirit over Matter for Muziektheatre Transparent, Belgium.
Concert performances have included Dvoràk's Stabat Mater, Verdi's Requiem, Puccini's Messa di Gloria, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Die erste Walpurgisnacht for the Prague Music Festival, Messiah with the Britten Sinfonia at Snape Maltings and Elgar’s The Kingdom and The Dream of Gerontius at Melbourne Town Hall.
Most recently, in Australia, Bradley has been performing major principal roles with Opera Australia, Opera Queensland and State Opera of South Australia. These have included Dick Johnson in La fanciulla del West, Canio in Pagliacci, Don José in Carmen and Florestan in Fidelio.
Bradley won a Green Room award for his performance as Curley in Opera Australia’s 2011 production Of Mice and Men. In 2013, he sang Narraboth in Salome for State Opera of South Australia and Mao Tse-tung in Victorian Opera’s production of Nixon in China – receiving his second Green Room Award for the latter. 2014 brought appearances as Don José for Opera Australia in Sydney and Melbourne and as Rodolfo for Opera Queensland. He also took on the title role in Otello for the first time – for State Opera of South Australia; in 2015, he sings Erik in Die fliegende Holländer for Victorian Opera.