Lyric tenor Jerry Hadley, 55, died yesterday, eight days after shooting himself in the head in his home near Poughkeepsie, NY. Hadley, who suffered from depression, was known for his bright, warm voice, brash energy on stage and adventurous choice of repertory, the New York Times reports.
Hadley auditioned for Beverly Sills in 1978, and was immediately offered a contract with the New York City Opera. He pushed his voice so hard during his career that it lost some of its power, eventually reducing his roles and adding to his financial difficulties. In his final performance at the Met, he sang the title role in John Harbison’s “Great Gatsby.”