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Classical Notes: July 19, 2007 Archive

Jerry Hadley: Sad News

Posted at 1:53 PM on July 19, 2007 by Rex Levang

In the opera world, it's been a month with more than its share of sad news.

Earlier in the month, tenor Jerry Hadley shot himself in an apparent suicide attempt, and was hospitalized; finally it was decided to remove life support, and he died yesterday.

Obituaries like this one from the Washington Post will give a good idea of his career, and Dick Strawser's blog has an abundance of anecdotes and reflections from readers.

And to hear Jerry Hadley in Kern, Lehar, Verdi, Bernstein, along with personal reminiscences from Thomas Hampson and John Harbison, go to the tribute to him created by Performance Today (available for one week).