Lemonade

Well, it looks like yet another cliche turns out to be true: there really is no such thing as bad publicity. La Cieca hears that since his arrest two nights ago for DWI, Jerry Hadley has been fielding calls and emails from practically everyone he ever met in the business — most of them asking “so what are you doing now?” In other words, what might have been a scandale has morphed into a networking opportunity. LC hears further that Hadley, who went through a rocky patch vocally over the last few years, is now reworking the voice with one of New York’s most-respected pedagogues. (And don’t you suppose that somewhere, Renee Fleming is thinking, “What do I have to do to get arrested in this town?”)

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27 Responses to “Lemonade”

  1. I thought his performance as the drunken Steva in Jenufa at C.G. a few years back was almost too realistic for comfort. Sadly his performance was preserved on the live recording with Mattila. A bad patch? More like terminal vocal decline.

  2. Renee could pinch someone, like Caruso did to a woman in the monkey house at a NY zoo a century ago. Supposedly he spent an hour in jail. Don’t know if Smoking Gun might have his mug shot.

  3. That might make an interesting Argento or John Adams opera: Caruso in Jail.

  4. divademented Says:

    Someone is REALLY obseesed with Renee Fleming. Every post has a mention of her – doth La Cieca slam too much?

  5. CALLASORPHAN Says:

    I do hope dear Jerry recovers; I’ve always admired him.

  6. Fleming is getting into the same situation Lillian Nordica got into: singing for too long, with too many people she had too many debts to.

  7. Baritenor Says:

    Hopefully, Hadley will pull himself out of AA and out of his vocal decline. Jerry, you used to be a real favorite of mine. Candide, Faust, Tom Rakewell, Ottavio, I loved you interpretations all. Get better soon.

  8. CALLASORPHAN Says:

    baritenor, I would not be too hopeful. Jerry ain’t no “spring chicken”. However, I do hope he pulls a miracle. I too loved him and have some very good recordings of his. One of my very favorites is the Verdi Requem he did with Susan Dunn–love it!!

  9. marschallin Says:

    Hadley & company can be heard in the superlative and finest recording of SUSANNAH you will ever hear.

    Susannah Polk: Cheryl Studer
    Sam Polk: Jerry Hadley
    Olin Blitch: Samuel Ramey
    Little Bat McLean: Kenn Chester
    Elder McLean: Michael Druiett
    Elder Gleaton: Steven Cole
    Elder Hayes: Stuart Kale
    Elder Ott: David Pittsinger
    Mrs. McLean: Anne Howells
    Mrs. Gleaton: Della Jones
    Mrs. Hayes: Jean Glennon
    Mrs. Ott: Elizabeth Laurence

    Choeur de l’Opéra de Lyon
    Orchestre de l’Opéra de Lyon
    Conductor: Kent Nagano

    Recording: Opéra de Lyon, August 1993
    Bavaria Musik Studios, March 1994

    Virgin Classics VCD 5 45039 2

  10. Obaysch Says:

    Yes, and there are SO many to compare to. Oh, and isn’t this the one where Madam was in such bad shape that she didn’t make the actual recording sessions, and dubbed her part in later (making for a fabulously well integrated recording musically- listen to how she interacts so beautifully with her partners!)?

    I was wondering how long it would take to work HER name in. Just the kind of bore you always try to avoid at parties, yet end up causing endless merriment when you’re the one stuck talking to the idiot.

  11. RudigerVT Says:

    Good, God, that “Susannah” recording is absolute dreck. I’ve listened to it twice, maybe. It just collects dust. I was so disappointed, having sung it in college (one of the elders, with the very young Marquita Lister in the title role: she was great).

    Hadley surprised me a few years back in a SF Symphony War Requiem. He sounded good. Christine Brewer, though, sounded fabulous.

    Still, he’s my touchstone Edgardo from an early ’80’s Lucia with Erie Mills in Tulsa (of all places). We’d just done that, actually, in college (with — whatever happened to Ida Huber?) and were so excited to see it so fast. They were both young, exciting, marvelous.

  12. RudigerVT Says:

    Good, God, that “Susannah” recording is absolute dreck. I’ve listened to it twice, maybe. It just collects dust. I was so disappointed, having sung it in college (one of the elders, with the very young Marquita Lister in the title role: she was great).

    Hadley surprised me a few years back in a SF Symphony War Requiem. He sounded good. Christine Brewer, though, sounded fabulous.

    Still, he’s my touchstone Edgardo from an early ’80’s Lucia with Erie Mills in Tulsa (of all places). We’d just done that, actually, in college (with — whatever happened to Ida Huber?) and were so excited to see it so fast. They were both young, exciting, marvelous.

  13. Baritenor Says:

    Just a correction: Ms. Studer had to loop the sessions for Sussanah not because she couldn’t make the sessions but because she hadn’t been cast yet. Stratas was cast, pulled out, Dawn Upshaw recorded it, but it was too heavey for her and she left, than The American Soprano stepped in and did her thing. And Yeah, it’s not a great performance, but it’s not a great opera. So there.

    And Has anyone noticed that Jerry Hadley and Sam Ramey recorded a lot of records together? I can think of at least eight off the top of my head: Faust, Rake’s Progress, Anna Bolena, Street Scene, Barbierie, Kismet, Sussanah and Man of La Mancha.

  14. Ariadne Says:

    DWI, eh? That just goes to prove that there really is no such thing as bad press!

    [And BTW, just for the record, I *HATE* the opera Susannah. I think the opera itself is (unsingable) dreck. A real downer.]

  15. Michael Farris Says:

    What makes Marsha so cute is how he can drag the one thing he wants to write about (which doesn’t interest much of anyone else) into any conversation.

    Just like that weird guy who thought that whoever controlled zinc controlled the world and wouldn’t shut up about it no matter what you were trying to talk about:

    You: “Did you hear? John was almost shot!”
    Zing guy: “Actually zinc is a necessary mechanism of most firing mechanisms, the firearms industry is very involved in the zinc industry.”

  16. marschallin Says:

    Better, much better, The American Soprano than The “Beautiful” Voice/America’s Sweetwhore.

  17. JATM2063 Says:

    I hope Jerry gets back in vocal shape. I too enjoy his Verdi Requiem recording. Although, there are quite a few defunct voices and 1 deceased individual (Shaw) on that recording, now that I think of it. Maybe now the record company should consider reissuing it on a budget priced “historical recordings” series.

  18. Chagal327 Says:

    Who’s the ” most-respected pedadoguge” ?

  19. hab mir's gelobt Says:

    speaking of that verdi requiem with hadley …. whatever happened to susan dunn?!

  20. CALLASORPHAN Says:

    From what I understand, Susan lost her top and her nerve and is teaching somewhere. I can remember when Dunn and Millo were my big hope for the singing of Verdi–sigh!

  21. I believe she is on the music faculty at Duke University.

  22. The accounts I’ve read say that he had not even turned the key in the ignition…that he was busted for ‘intent’ to drive while under the influence…which is a new one on me.

  23. Leporello Says:

    You can be arrested for DWI even if you are walking towards your car and have not even opened the door. It was a favorite tactic of NJ police who would stake out a popular bar and arrest people as they were leaving, keys in hand.

  24. CALLASORPHAN Says:

    I’d just stay the night in the bar with manrtinis in hand!!!!! Screw the car!! OR just stay at home (in the first place) and drink to my little heart’s content. See how easy us old people are to please.

  25. Callasorphan, I’ll just bet you love those mantinis in hand. Freudian typo???? 🙂

  26. CALLASORPHAN Says:

    You are soooooooooooooo right winpal! What can I say? A mantini in hand is worth more than two in the …. It’s far too early in the morning for me to even go there!

  27. Dontcalluswellcallu Says:

    I think it is sad re Jerry Hadley a fine tenor . And personally there are moments in Susannah that make me want to pull my hair out. And Susan Dunn was FANTASTIC and yes she did fall apart on some level. But wow.

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