New Zealand bass baritone Hadleigh Adams was born in Palmerston North, and completed a Bachelor of Music degree in 2006 (with first class Honours) at the University of Auckland . He went on to complete his Masters degree in Music, studying with Margaret Medlyn and Jenny Wollerman at the New Zealand School of Music, graduating in 2007. In January 2009, Hadleigh relocated to Australia to take up his position as the Gertrude Johnson Scholar at Australia’s new opera studio, The Opera School – Melbourne.
Throughout Australasia, Hadleigh has already forged an impressive operatic and concert career. He has been a member of the NBR New Zealand Opera since 2004, and since this time has performed in all main stage productions with the company. Throughout 2007 and 2008 he was the PWC Dame Malvina Major Emerging artist with the NBR New Zealand Opera, performing and understudying principal roles with the company. During this time he was awarded the prestigious Circle100 Scholarship.
Hadleigh was the winner of the Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge Scholarship 2010 and a national finalist in the 2009 Australian Liederfest. He was also a national finalist at the 2009 Australian Singing Competition, receiving the Guildhall School of Music & Drama Award, the Anselmo Colzani Prize, the Sheila Prior Australian Opera Auditions Committee Prize and the Phoebe Patrick Award. He was a national finalist in the 2009 Opera Australia Moffatt Oxenbould Young Artist Auditions, at which time he made his debut at the Sydney Opera House. The recipient of many other awards and scholarships, Hadleigh has also received scholarship offers for postgraduate study at the Royal College of Music, Royal Academy of Music, Royal Scottish Academy of Music, and the Royal Northern College of Music.
In 2009 Hadleigh has enjoyed a busy concert schedule, both in Australia and New Zealand. Opera roles include Papageno in The Magic Flute; Dappertutto in Les Contes d’Hoffmann; Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas; Baritone in Four Note Opera, Yamadori in Madame Butterfly and Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief. Concert engagements include; Purcell’s Come ye Sons of Art, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater (Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra); Bach’s St John Passion (The Orpheus Choir); David Hamilton’s Breaking the Quiet (Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra); and Handel’s Messiah (Royal Melbourne Philharmonic, Gloriana Chamber Choir, and Napier Civic Choir).
Hadleigh is relocating to London in September 2010 to take up his tuition-scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
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