Hadleigh Adams


Management: Australasia

War of the Worlds, Los Angeles Philharmonic
The baritone Hadleigh Adams delivered a comic tour de force as General Lansing, who becomes unhinged as he extolls a Trumpian 'wall of defense' that is supposed to keep aliens at bay. Gosfield gives him a full-on mad scene, with deranged atonal coloratura.”
Alex Ross, The New Yorker January 2018

Young Caesar, Los Angeles Philharmonic
"A standout was the Nicomedes of New Zealand-born Hadleigh Adams, who the joined the cast at the eleventh hour. Adams' resonant baritone maintains unique beauty of tone throughout his range."
Arya Roshanian, Opera News June 2017

Powder Her Face, West Edge Opera
“Hadleigh Adams’ elegant baritone served as both duke and judges, compact studies in sexual hypocrisy.”
Alan Ulrich Financial Times August 2016 

Powder Her Face, West Edge Opera
“If this is what can be done in the area of new music – this degree of vocal and theatrical magnificence, this level of freshness and artistic imagination – then why on Earth should we ever settle for anything less? Baritone, Hadleigh Adams was a dynamo of precisely etched immediacy – most entertainingly as the trial judge who can barely restrain his prurient delight even as he condemns the Duchess’ erotic misdeeds.”
Joshua Kosman San Francisco Chronicle August 2016

Bajazet - Pinchgut Opera
“Baritone Hadleigh Adams cut a dignified figure as the defeated Bajazet. He astutely infused his resounding, dark-hued timbre with nuanced dynamics and tone colours to convey his character’s emotional distress.”
Murray Black The Australian July 4 2015

La Bohème, San Francisco Opera
"However, it was the fluid and touchingly attentive performance by Hadleigh Adams as Schaunard which completely captivated me. It's rare to encounter a Schaunard who can demonstrate so much genuine charisma and communicate so much compassion."
George Haymont, Huffington Post, January 2015

Hailed a “comic tour-de-force” by Alex Ross of The New Yorker following his recent performances with the LA Philharmonic, New Zealand baritone Hadleigh Adams is a dedicated exponent of the performance of opera, concert, and crossover works. In the past season he has performed a varied repertoire of baroque, classical, and modern opera, a broad selection of concert repertoire, along with music theatre performances.

United States based, Mr Adams is a frequent collaborator with the San Francisco Opera, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the San Francisco Symphony. On the operatic stage, throughout the past two seasons, Mr Adams has made his debut performances with the American Repertory Theatre, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Pittsburgh Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Opera Omaha, West Edge Opera, and Opera Parallele. In concert he has performed with the London Philharmonia Orchestra under Esa Pekka Salonen, the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel, the San Francisco Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under Robert Spano, and the Colorado Symphony with Cristian Macelaru.

This season he makes further debuts with The Lincoln Centre, Minnesota Opera, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Pacific Symphony, and makes return performances with the San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Symphony, and Los Angeles Philharmonic. Next season he makes his debut with the Nederlandse ReisOper as Carl Magnus in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, and returns to Cincinnati Opera as Mercutio in their season of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, and again to the San Francisco Opera.

A trained actor, Mr Adams is deeply committed to the performance of opera that is rooted in a deep dramatic integrity. Last season’s performance as Paul in the Philip Glass opera Les Enfants Terrible led Opera News to say of his performance:

Hadleigh Adams, looking pale, youthful and slightly dazed as Paul, was the evening’s vocal standout, projecting the text with elegant line and idiomatic French, he imbued the character with a sense of unhinged delicacy.”

Mr Adams made his professional debut at London’s Royal National Theatre singing the role of Christ in Jonathan Miller’s staged production of Bach’s St Matthew Passion to critical acclaim, The Guardian newspaper calling his performance “utterly beguiling”. He has performed in concert at London’s St Martin-in-the-Fields, the London Song Recital series, and has performed at the Wigmore Hall as a Voiceworks series artist.

His breakout role came in West Edge Opera’s production of Thomas Ades’ Powder Her Face. Hadleigh’s performance won praise from critics for his visceral, and modern treatment of the work.

Mr Adams studied opera at London’s Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and was a San Francisco Opera Merola Opera Program participant. Following his Merola summer he was invited to join the San Francisco Opera as an Adler Fellow. During his two-year tenure with the company Hadleigh appeared in more than 75 main stage performances, and over 20 concert performances.


Hadleigh Adams is managed by Graham Pushee: graham@artsmanagement.com.au
May 2018
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