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Biography

Baritone

Baritone Hadleigh Adams’s repertory spans from Rameau and Vivaldi through to Thomas Adès and Luca Francesconi, and he is equally in demand on both the opera and concert stage. Born in Palmerston North, New Zealand, he studied at London's Guildhall school of Music and Drama, and is a former Merola Opera artist, and San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 2016.

This season’s highlights include the US premiere of Francesconi’s Quartett, San Francisco Opera’s new production of Tosca, his European debut at Amsterdam's Royal Carrè Theater in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, a return engagement with Cincinnati Opera for Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, and Handel’s Messiah with the Nashville and Milwaukee symphonies. Next season, Mr. Adams returns to San Francisco Opera to perform in Handel's Partenope, Gounod’s Roméo and Juliette, and Britten’s Billy Budd. He also performs with the Colorado, Houston, New Zealand symphonies, and the American Bach Soloists. 

Last season’s highlights included Lou Harrison’s Young Caesar, Annie Gosfield’s War of the Worlds, and Bernstein’s Mass with the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Gregory Spears’s Fellow Travelersat Minnesota Opera; Thomas Adès’s Powder Her Facewith West Edge Opera; and Matthew Aucoin’s Crossing with the American Repertory Theatre. On the concert platform he performed with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, American Bach Soloists, and London's Philharmonia Orchestra. 

(January 2019)