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Opera singer Jerry Hadley dead at 55
By TIMES WIRES
Published July 19, 2007
Jerry Hadley, the world-class tenor known for his agile and lyric voice, died Wednesday, a week after he shot himself in an apparent suicide attempt. The singer died two days after doctors took him off life support in a Poughkeepsie, N.Y., hospital, a family friend told the Associated Press. Hadley, 55, who had been battling depression and financial problems, police said, shot himself with an air rifle July 10 at his home. Hadley's opera career started in Florida. He made his professional debut as Lionel in Flotow's Martha at Sarasota Opera in 1978. The company then performed in the original Asolo Theatre, a tiny venue on the Ringling estate. In 2004, the tenor sang in the New Year's Eve performance of "Salute to Vienna" at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. He built his reputation tackling demanding work, including the title role in composer John Harbison's 1999 The Great Gatsby at the Metropolitan Opera. Leonard Bernstein chose Hadley to sing the title role in a 1989 production of his musical Candide, and he sang the lead in Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio in 1991.
Times performing arts critic John Fleming contributed to this report.
'Potter' publisher sues over release
Scholastic, the U.S. publisher of the Harry Potter series, sued an online bookseller and its distributor Wednesday for "flagrant violations of their strict contractual obligations" not to ship copies of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows before 12:01 a.m. Saturday, the time and date set by the publisher. In the suit, Scholastic accuses Infinity Resources, which owns DeepDiscount.com, of shipping some copies of the seventh and final installment in the series, to customers up to a week before the on-sale date. Book distributor Levy Home Entertainment is also named in the suit for failing to ensure that DeepDiscount.com did not ship the books early. Scholastic learned of the shipments through an article in Wednesday's editions of The Baltimore Sun, in which a reporter spoke with a customer who had received a copy of the book from DeepDiscount.com on Tuesday.