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Disturbing News

11cnd_hadley_450_1According to Dan Wakin in today's Times, tenor Jerry Hadley, who has suffered from depression and financial troubles for several years - shot himself in the head with an air rifle yesterday, and is not expected to survive. Hadley, 55, was one of the great American tenors of his generation, a protege of both Beverly Sills - who gave him his first big break at City Opera - and Leonard Bernstein, who conducted him on several occasions, most notably in Bernstein's own Candide. I saw Hadley in a number of concert performances, but will remember him most as the lead tenor in Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio, and as the title character in John Harbison's The Great Gatsby, which premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in 1999. A terrible, senseless loss. (Photo courtesy of the Times.)

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