Jerry Hadley

Biography

Born: June 16, 1952; Peoria, IL   Died: July 18, 2007; Poughkeepsie, NY  
Jerry Hadley was one of the most thoughtful singers of the late twentieth century, exploring a wide range of repertoire with a special interest in contemporary works. Hadley began his career with a voice ideal for Mozart and bel canto, possessing a warmly lyrical timbre that earned him acclaim as one of the most beautiful voices since Fritz Wunderlich. Hadley's musicianship and high standards for performance served to make him one of the most Read more interesting tenors of his generation.

Hadley was interested in singing from an early age and as a youth performed as a member of the touring show Up With People. He went to the University of Illinois to study music, where a friend persuaded him to audition for a performance of The Magic Flute. Landing the role of Tamino and enjoying great success with it, Hadley was further persuaded to take up an operatic career. Hadley's debut was at the Sarasota Opera as Lionel in von Flotow's Martha in 1978. In 1979, Hadley began a long association with the New York City Opera at the invitation of Beverly Sills, debuting as Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor. His stage debut was not an auspicious one dramatically: Arturo appears on-stage for only about 15 minutes, but being unfamiliar with the staging, Hadley found himself catching his sword on a chair and dragging it across the stage before he could disentangle it. He also succeeded in setting his plumed hat on fire and was on the receiving end of a chorus member's sword.

His accident-prone New York debut notwithstanding, Hadley sang roles such as Pinkerton, Des Grieux (Massenet), Tom Rakewell, and Faust (Gounod) at the NYCO. His European debut was in 1982 as Nemorino at the Vienna State Opera, the same year Hadley won the Richard Tucker Competition. In 1983, Hadley made his Glyndebourne debut as Idamante in Mozart's Idomeneo, followed by his Covent Garden debut the next year as Fenton in Falstaff. Hadley's Metropolitan Opera debut was in 1987 as Des Grieux; however, such roles as Offenbach's Hoffmann called for a technique that often "drew on capital," and this began to exact a price on Hadley's vocal flexibility and stamina in the later 1980s. By the end of the decade, Hadley's pitch was not as secure as it had been, and there was rawness in his voice that had not been there before, but these years did witness some of his finest and most lasting achievements. In 1989, he had a superb turn in the title role of Leonard Bernstein's revision of the opera Candide, and his recording of Show Boat in the restored scoring by John McGlinn was one of Hadley's most highly praised and best-selling recordings. Throughout the following decade, Hadley remained very visible, appearing with frequency in opera galas on American public television and recording for RCA-Victor.

Hadley was a champion of twentieth century music, both operatic and in the popular realm. In 1997, he created the title role on Myron Fink's The Conquistador, and in 1999, that of John Harbison's The Great Gatsby; Hadley also created the tenor lead in Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio and led the cast of the premiere recording of the long-delayed opera Desire Under the Elms by Edward Thomas. He recorded an exemplary Sam in Carlisle Floyd's Susannah and his final recording, in the cast of Leos Janácek's opera Jenufa led by Bernard Haitink, won a Grammy. Of Hadley's featured albums, Standing Room Only, a vividly characterized collection of songs from musicals, remains perhaps the best.

Hadley maintained an extremely scrupulous attitude toward performing; he once stated he would not record a role unless he had sung it on-stage, and wrote the English-language translation for his recording of Lehár's The Land of Smiles. After the success of Jenufa, Hadley began to work considerably less, struggled against mounting financial troubles, and battled severe depression. On July 10, 2007, Hadley shot himself with an air rifle in an apparent suicide attempt and died a week later. Read less

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Biography

Born: June 16, 1952; Peoria, IL   Died: July 18, 2007; Poughkeepsie, NY  
Jerry Hadley was one of the most thoughtful singers of the late twentieth century, exploring a wide range of repertoire with a special interest in contemporary works. Hadley began his career with a voice ideal for Mozart and bel canto, possessing a warmly lyrical timbre that earned him acclaim as one of the most beautiful voices since Fritz Wunderlich. Hadley's musicianship and high standards for performance served to make him one of the most Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. 1. Antiphon: "Kyrie eleison"
II. 2. Hymn and Psalm: A simple song
III. 3. Responsory: "Alleluia"
I. 1. Prefatory Prayers
II. 2. Thrice ? Triple Canon: Dominus vobiscum
I. 1. In nomine Patris
II. 2. Prayer for the Congregation
III. 3. Epiphany
I. 1. Confiteor
II. 2. Trope: ?I don?t know?
III. 3. Trope: ?Easy?
Mass V. Meditation No. 1
I. 1. Gloria tibi
II. 2. Gloria in excelsis
III. 3. Trope: "Half of the People"
IV. 4. Trope: ?Thank you?
Mass VII. Meditation No. 2
Mas VIII. Epistle: ?The Word of Lord?
Mass IX. Gospel-Sermon: ?God said?
I. 1. Credo in unum Deum
II. 2. Trope: "Non Credo"
III. 3. Trope: "Hurry"
IV. 4. World Without End
V. 5. Trope: ?I Believe in God?
Mass XI. Meditation No.3: De profundis, part 1
Mass XII. Offertory: De profundis, part 2
I. 1. "Our father?"
II. 2. Trope: "I Go On"
Mass XIV. Sanctus: "Holy! Holy! Holy!..."
Mass XV. Agnus Dei
Mass XVI. Fraction: "Things Get Broken"
Mass XVII. Pax: Communion: ?Secret Songs?
Sinfonia (Overture)
Nč venne il Re?
Ella di me, sollecita
Si taciturna e mesta
Deh! non voler costringere
Come, innocente giovane
Non v'ha sguardo cui sia dato
Oh! qual parlar fu il sono!
Tutta in voi la luce mia
Ah! qual sia cercar non oso
Chi veggo?
Da quel dě che, lei perduta
Ah! cosě nel dě ridenti
Desta sě tosto
Io sentii sulla mia mano
Or che reso ai patrii lidi
Questo dě per noi spuntato
E'sgombro il loco
Ah! parea che per incanto
Taci, taci, tropp'oltre vai
S'ei t'abborre, io t'amo ancora
Ah! per pietŕ del mio spavento
Alcun potria ascolarti
Tace ognuno
In separato carcere
Oh! dove mal ne andarono
Dio, che mi vedi in core
Al par del mio
Va, infelice
Ebben? Dinanzi ai giudici
Scostatevi ... il Re giunge
Ambo morrete, o perfidi
Al Consiglio sien tratti
Sposa a Percy
Per questa fiamma indomita
Stolta! Non sai ...
Ah! pensate che rivolti
Tu pur dannato a morte
Vivi tu, te ne scongiuro
Nel veder la tua costanza
Chi puň vederla a ciglio asciutto
Piangete voi?
Al dolce guidami
Qual mesto suon?
Cielo, a'miei lunghi spasimi
Coppia iniqua, l'estrema vendetta
Mozart: Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 1 - Overtura
Mozart: Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 1 - "Intendo amico rio"
Mozart: Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 1 - "Alla selva, al prato"
Mozart: Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 1 - "Compagne amene"
Mozart: Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 1 - "Ditelo voi pastori"
Mozart: Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 1 - "Aer tranquillo"
Mozart: Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 1 - "Perdono amici Dei"
Mozart: Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 1 - "Si spande al sole in faccia"
Mozart: Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 1 - "Agenore? T'arresta"
Mozart: Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 1 - "Per me rispondete"
Mozart: Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 1 - "No: voi non siete, o Dei"
Mozart: Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 1 - "Di tante sue procelle"
Mozart: Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 1 - "Dove t'affretti, Elisa?"
Mozart: Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 1 - "Perdona Elisa"
Mozart: Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 1 - "Vanne, vanne a regnar ben mio"
Mozart: Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 2 - "Questa del campo greco"
Mozart: Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 2 - "Barbaro! oh Dio mi vedi divisa dal mio ben"
Mozart: Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 2 - "La bella Elisa"
Mozart: Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 2 - "Se vincendo vi rendo felici"
Mozart: Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 2 - "Oimč! declina il sol"
Mozart: Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 2 - "L'amerň, sarň costante"
Mozart: Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 2 - "Uscite, alfine uscite"
Mozart: Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 2 - "Se tu me fai dono"
Mozart: Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 2 - "Misero cor!" - "Sol puň dir come si trova"
Mozart: Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 2 - "Voi che fausti ognor donate"
Mozart: Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 2 - "Olŕ! che piů si tarda?"
Mozart: Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 2 - "Viva, viva l'invitto duce"
Susannah, Act One: Opening Music
Susannah, Act One, Scene 1: It's a hot night for dancin'
Susannah, Act One, Scene 1: I am the Reverend Olin Blitch
Susannah, Act One, Scene 2: Was y'ever at such a nice square dance, Little Bat?
Susannah, Act One, Scene 2: Ain't it a pretty night?
Susannah, Act One, Scene 2: Don't go to bed right yet, Sam
Susannah, Act One, Scene 3: That crick oughta be right about here
Susannah, Act One, Scene 4: I ain't surprised
Susannah, Act One, Scene 5: Little Bat, what you doin' here?
Susannah, Act One, Scene 5: Feeble-minded idjet!
Symphony
1. "Comfort Ye, My People"
2. "Ev'ry Valley Shall Be Exalted"
3. "And The Glory Of The Lord"
4. "Thus Saith The Lord"
5. "But Who May Abide The Day Of His Coming"
6. "And He Shall Purify The Sons Of Levi"
7. "Behold, A Virgin Shall Conceive"
8-9. "O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings To Zion"
10. "For Behold, Darkness Shall Cover"
11. "The People That Walked In Darkness"
12. "For Unto Us A Child Is Born"
Pifa (Pastoral Symphony)
14."There Were Shepherds...And Lo, The Angel Of The Lord..And The Angel Said Unto Them..And Suddenly"
15. "Glory To God In The Highest"
16. "Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter Of Zion"
17a. "Then Shall The Eyes Of The Blind"
18a. "He Shall Feed His Flock
19. "His Yoke Is Easy"
20. "Behold The Lamb Of God"
21. "He Was Despised"
22. "Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs"
23. "And With His Stripes We Are Healed"
24. "All We Like Sheep Have Gone Astray"
25. "All They That See Him"
26. "He Trusted In God"
27. "Thy Rebuke Hath Broken His Heart"
28. "Behold And See"
29. "He Was Cut Off"
30. "But Thou Didst Not Leave His Soul In Hell"
31. "Lift Up Your Heads"
32. "Unto Which Of The Angels"
33. "Let All The Angels Of God"
34a."Thou Art Gone Up On High"
35. "The Lord Gave The Word"
36. "How Beautiful Are The Feet"
37a. "Their Sound Is Gone Out"
38. "Why Do The Nations"
39. "Let Us Break Their Bonds Asunder"
40. "He That Dwelleth In Heaven"
41. "Thou Shalt Break Them"
42. "Hallelujah"
43."I Know That My Redeemer Liveth"
44. "Since By Man Came Death"
45. "Behold, I Tell You A Mystery"
46. "The Trumpet Shall Sound"
47. "Then Shall Be Brought To Pass"
48. "O Death Where Is Thy Sting?"
49. "But Thanks Be To God"
50. "If God Be For Us"
51. "Worthy Is The Lamb - Blessing And honour"
"Amen"
The Jungle Chapel
The Omen Bird
My Bus And I
The Emerald
The Civilized People
Food For Thought
Colombia Calls
The River Port
Festival Of The River
Guarding The Shrine Of The Madonna
The Singing Tree
Lost
Freedom!
In The Kitchen (Comedy Scene)
A Spanish Waltz (A Dance)
Pičce De Resistance
The Madonna's Return
Schubert: Mass No.6 In E Flat, D.950 - Kyrie - "Kyrie eleison" - Andante con moto
Schubert: Mass No.6 In E Flat, D.950 - Gloria - "Gloria in excelsis Deo" - Allegro moderato ..
Schubert: Mass No.6 In E Flat, D.950 - Gloria - "Domine Deus" - Andante con moto
Schubert: Mass No.6 In E Flat, D.950 - Gloria - "Quoniam tu solus sanctus" - Tempo I
Schubert: Mass No.6 In E Flat, D.950 - Gloria - "Cum Sancto spiritu" - Moderato
Schubert: Mass No.6 In E Flat, D.950 - Credo - "Credo in unum Deum" - Moderato
Schubert: Mass No.6 In E Flat, D.950 - Credo - "Et incarnatus est" - Andante
Schubert: Mass No.6 In E Flat, D.950 - Credo - "Et resurrexit" - Tempo I
Schubert: Mass No.6 In E Flat, D.950 - Sanctus - "Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus Dominus"-Adagio
Schubert: Mass No.6 In E Flat, D.950 - Sanctus - "Osanna in excelsis" - Allegro, ma non ... troppo
Schubert: Mass No.6 In E Flat, D.950 - Benedictus - "Benedictus, qui venit" - Andante
Schubert: Mass No.6 In E Flat, D.950 - Benedictus - "Osanna in excelsis" - Allegro, ma non...
Schubert: Mass No.6 In E Flat, D.950 - Agnus Dei - "Agnus Dei,qui tollis peccata mundi"
Schubert: Mass No.6 In E Flat, D.950 - Agnus Dei - "Dona nobis pacem" - Andante
Schubert: Mass No.6 In E Flat, D.950 - Agnus Dei - "Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi"
Schubert: Mass No.6 In E Flat, D.950 - Agnus Dei - "Dona nobis pacem" - Andantino


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