World Renowned Tenor Jerry Hadley Visits Boston University to Teach Opera Master Class to College of Fine Arts Students and Open the Exhibition of His Newly Established Archive

in Arts, College of Fine Arts, News Releases
November 9th, 2006

Contact: Erin Whipple, 617-358-1688 | ewhipple@bu.edu

Boston – Three-time Grammy Award winner Jerry Hadley, a leading romantic tenor and one of the most sought-after contemporary singers, will hold a public master class on Wednesday, November 15, 2006 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Avenue. Presented by the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, the University’s Opera Institute and the Voice Department in the School of Music in the College of Fine Arts, the opera master class series provides a public demonstration of talented BU Opera Institute and vocal performance students undergoing performance instruction by world renowned opera stars.

The opera master class series is free and open to the public, as well as to students, faculty and staff of Boston University, but reservations are required. Reservations for the Jerry Hadley master class on November 15 can be obtained through the Tsai Center Box Office at 617-353-8725.

Born and raised in the Midwest, Jerry Hadley originally studied to become a conductor but switched to voice and earned a master’s degree from the University of Illinois School of Music. He began his career appearing with regional opera companies throughout the United States before joining the roster of performers at the New York City Opera. Mr. Hadley had earned international acclaim for his interpretations of lyric tenor roles in works by Mozart, as well as those of the French romantic and Bel Canto eras. Over the course of his distinguished career, Mr. Hadley has appeared at all of the world’s leading opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Vienna State Opera, the Glynebourne Festival and the Salzburg Festival. Equally adept on the concert stage and the recital platform, he has proven to be an accomplished soloist. Mr. Hadley has made numerous recordings of opera, Broadway musicals, and popular music, reflective of his eclectic repertoire. Mr. Hadley’s archive is a recent addition to the illustrious roster of the over 2,000 important figures whose papers are collected at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University. An exhibition profiling Mr. Hadley’s distinguished career will be on view at the Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Avenue.

The series coincides with the 20th Anniversary of the Opera Institute, a non-degree professional training program for the advanced singer preparing for an operatic career. The Vocal Performance Degree offers a varied curriculum, which includes courses in song and concert literature, language diction, musicianship, historical performance, performance skills and techniques, as well as other courses pertinent to vocal and musical training. Degree singers who are auditioned members of The Opera Theatre and Opera Workshop study alongside Opera Institute singers in performance based classes and form a pool for principal and ensemble casting in opera productions at the Boston University theatre.

The mission of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center is to capture and document history by collecting the manuscripts from individuals who play a significant part in the fields of journalism, poetry, literature and criticism, dance, music, theater, film, television and political as well as religious movements. The Center strives to preserve the documents and make them readily available to researchers while administering all legal copyrights and restrictions. Researchers from all over the world are welcomed and the Center presents extensive exhibitions, seminars and tours for students, parents and alumni as well as various visiting groups. For more information contact: archives@bu.edu, call 617-353-3696 or visit www.bu.edu/archives.

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