Dawn Harms, Music Director & Conductor
Tchaikovsky – Romeo and Juliet
Jennifer Higdon – Dooryard Bloom
Hadleigh Adams, baritone
Dvorak – Symphony No. 7
Part of BARS’ LGBTQ Composer and Performing Artist Series, which strives to redefine perceptions of LGBTQ music and increase awareness of the beauty, talents, and accomplishments of fellow LGBTQ individuals and groups.
About Hadleigh Adams, baritone
New Zealand bass-baritone Hadleigh Adams is a former San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow and a graduate of the Merola Opera Program. Hadleigh studied at the University of Auckland, the New Zealand School of Music, and was an Emerging Artist with the NBR New Zealand Opera before relocating to Australia in 2009 as the inaugural Gertrude Johnson Scholar at The Opera Studio, Melbourne. He subsequently received a full scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he studied with Rudolf Piernay and Janice Chapman, gaining a Masters of Music with Distinction.
Whilst studying at Guildhall he made his debut at London’s Royal National Theatre singing the role of Christ in Jonathan Miller’s production of Bach’s St Matthew Passion, to critical acclaim. He has also performed in concert at St Martin-in-the-Fields, the Barbican Theatre, and at the Wigmore Hall as part of the Voiceworks initiative.
Hadleigh’s opera roles include the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro, Papageno (The Magic Flute), Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas), Nardo (La Finta Giardiniera), Dappertutto (Les contes d’Hoffmann), Starveling (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), and Bob (The Old Maid and the Thief). Concert engagements have included St Matthew Passion (Southbank Sinfonia) and St John Passion (The Orpheus Choir), Purcell’s Come ye Sons of Art, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater (Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra), David Hamilton’s Breaking the Quiet (Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra), Messiah (Royal Melbourne Philharmonic) and Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols (Musica Sacra).
Hadleigh’s most recent performances include Schaunard (La Boheme) Marquis (La Traviata), Grand commissioner (Madama Butterfly), Luther/Schlemil (Les contes d’Hoffmann), Simon (The Gospel of Mary Magdalene), Jimmy (Dolores Claiborne), all for the San Francisco Opera, his highly praised debut with Pinchgut Opera singing Pollux in Rameau’s Castor et Pollux, Gendarme in Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tirésias with Opera Parallèle, Claudio (Agrippina) with Opera Omaha and a recital with Steven Blier. He has also covered the roles of Ormonte (Partenope), Crespil (les Contes d’Hoffmann) and Dandini (Tosca) for San Francisco Opera.
2015 performances include Guglielmo (Cosí fan Tutte) with Opera Pittsburgh, Zoroastro (Orlando) at the New York City Whitespace Art Centre, a residence at the renowned Marlboro Music Festival under the artistic direction of Mitsuko Uchida, a return to Pinchgut Opera to perform the title role in Vivaldi’s Bajazet, the Fauré Requiem with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Candide with Oakland East Bay Symphony and Jake Heggie’s For a Look or a Touch with San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. Hadleigh will also cover the role of Joseph De Rocher in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking for Opera Parallèle.
About Jennifer Higdon, composer
Jennifer Higdon is a major figure in contemporary Classical music, receiving the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her Violin Concerto and a 2010 Grammy for her Percussion Concerto. Higdon enjoys several hundred performances a year of her works, and blue cathedral is one of America’s most performed contemporary orchestral works, with more than 600 performances worldwide since its premiere in 2000. Her works have been recorded on over four dozen CDs. Higdon’s most current project is an opera based on the best-selling novel, Cold Mountain, by Charles Frazier. It was premiered by the Santa Fe Opera in August of 2015 and will travel to Opera Philadelphia, Minnesota Opera and North Carolina Opera in the next two seasons. Higdon holds the Rock Chair in Composition at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Her music is published exclusively by Lawdon Press.