Jerry Hadley

16 June 1952 Princeton, Illinois – 18 July 2007 Poughkeepsie, NY

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Jerry Hadley sings L'arlesiana: È la solita storia
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Jerry Hadley sings Anna Bolena: Vivi tu
He studied conducting and singing at Universities in Peoria and Urbana, and with Tommy Lo Monaco. While still a student, he made his debut as Ferrando at the Lake Georgia Opera Festival. In 1979, Beverly Sills hired him for her New York City Opera (debut role: Arturo in Lucia). He stayed for several years and sang a host of roles there, including Almaviva, Nadir, Alfredo, Duca, Rodolfo or Massenet's des Grieux. Guest appearances at many smaller US and Canadian opera theaters.

In 1982, he made his European debut at the Vienna Staatsoper as Nemorino; he sang in Munich, Glyndebourne, at Covent Garden, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, in Hamburg and Rome, and returned a few times to the Vienna Staatsoper. In 1987, he made his Met debut (122 performances until 2002; debut as des Grieux, principal roles: Tamino, Ottavio, Ferrando, Lenskij, Duca, Alfredo, Nemorino, Edgardo, Tom Rakewell). Chicago, San Francisco, the Salzburg, Edinburgh and Aix-en-Provence festivals, Lyon, Zürich, San Diego, Dallas were places that he visited (most of them repeatedly), Covent Garden became one of the centers of his activity.

Having suffered from severe depression for many years in spite of all successes, he shot himself at his home.

François Nouvion always quoted Hadley as one of the singers ruined by Tommy Lo Monaco and the Stanley method that he taught; I didn't and don't agree. The few times I had the chance to hear Hadley live, I always thought that he was clearly above the average of the singers of his generation, and quite enjoyed his performances.

Reference 1: Kutsch & Riemens, reference 2: Metropolitan Opera archives, reference 3

I would like to thank Thomas Silverbörg for the recordings.

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