Hadleigh Adams


New Zealand baritone Hadleigh Adams has amassed a body of work remarkable in its breadth. Committed to both the concert and opera stage, he has collaborated with some of the world’s finest artists.

On the concert stage he has performed as a soloist with the London Philharmonia Orchestra under Esa Pekka Salonen, the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel, the San Francisco Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under Robert Spano,  the San Francisco Opera Orchestra under Nicola Luisotti, and Philharmonia Baroque under Nicholas McGegan. He has also performed with the American Bach Soloists, Seattle Symphony, Nashville Symphony, and Colorado Symphony. Renowned for his Handel, he has performed The Messiah more than 120 times.

In traditional operatic repertoire Mr. Adams has performed a wide range of characters in a variety of musical styles: Ravel under the baton of Esa Pekka Salonen, Bernstein under Marin Alsop and Michael Tilson Thomas and Louis Langree, Handel under Nicholas McGegan, Puccini under Nicola Luisotti, Mozart under the stage direction of Sir Thomas Allen, Handel under the stage direction of Christopher Alden, and Puccini under the stage direction of Les Miserables director, John Caird. His European debut was at London’s Royal National Theatre in a staged production of Bach’s St Matthew Passion, playing the role of Jesus, and directed by Sir Jonathan Miller. With the San Francisco Opera alone he has appeared in 19 mainstage productions, and during the 2022 season, he made his 100th performance with the company.

Upcoming engagements include performances of Britten’s War Requiem, Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, and Handel’s Messiah and Partenope. More information at www.hadleighadams.com