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Spring 2005 • Volume 11, Issue 2

Musin around the world

SiblingsThe tenorChoraleMusical dreams


Jerry Hadley, the tenor from Bradley

Jerry Hadley Internationally-known tenor and three-time Grammy Award winner Jerry Hadley ‘74 is regarded as the leading American tenor of his generation. He has received international acclaim for his interpretation of the great Mozart operatic tenor roles, as well as those of the French romantic and Bel Canto eras, and he is becoming increasingly known for his expertise with 20th century and American operas. His equal ease in the realms of Broadway musical theater, operetta, and popular song makes him one of today’s most versatile artists.

A stalwart of the New York City Opera in his formative years, his international career was launched with a European debut at the Vienna State Opera in 1982. He is now a regular visitor to New York’s Metropolitan Opera, and a variety of opera houses worldwide. He appears regularly with the world’s great conductors and orchestras. His operatic and musical-theater activities in recent years have centered on new works and the addition of new roles to his extensive repertoire. He has dozens of recordings to his credit. Hadley, above, portrayed the bride’s father-in-law in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s world premier of A Wedding.

Hadley gave the commencement address during Bradley’s Mid-year Commencement on December 18 in Robertson Memorial Field House. He also was awarded the honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters during the ceremony. He had previously received Bradley’s Outstanding Young Graduate Award in 1981 and was inducted into the University’s Centurion Society in 1985.


Photo by Dan Rest/Lyric Opera of Chicago

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