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Henry Kimball Hadley

Film composer and Met pioneer

Born December 20, 1871, Somerville, Mass.
Died September 6, 1937, New York, New York
About Henry Hadley

Henry Hadley, better known in his own day as a conductor and a composer of film and concert music, also composed a number of operas, operettas, and musicals. His Cleopatra's Night was the first American opera to be conducted by its composer at the Met.

  • Safie, opera in one act
    Libretto by E. Oxenford.
    April 4, 1909, Mainz, Germany
  • The Atonement of Pan
    Libretto by Joseph Redding [cf.] after the play Sgnarelle by Moliére.
    August 10, 1912, Mainz, Germany
  • Azora, Daughter of Montezuma, opera in three acts
    Libretto by D. Stevens.
    December 26, 1914, Chicago Opera
    [composed c. 1914]
  • Bianca, opera in one act
    Libretto by G. Stewart after La locandiera by Carlo Goldoni.
    October 18, 1918, New York
  • Cleopatra's Night, opera in two acts
    Libretto by Alice Leal Pollock after the story by Théophile Gautier.
    January 31, 1920, Metropolitan Opera, New York, New York, Alda, Harrold; c. Papi; d. Bel Geddes; p. Ordynski; 7 perfs.
    [composed c. 1918]
  • Semper virens
    Libretto by Joseph Redding.
    1923, Sonoma County, California
  • A Night in Old Paris
    Libretto by F. Truesdell after G. McDonough.
    1924, New York, New York
    [Radio permiere 20 Jan. 1930, NBC]
  • The Legend of Hani
    Libretto by J. Cravens.
    July 29, 1933, Sonoma County, California

Other Selected Works
  • Happy Jack, operetta (1897)
  • Nancy Brown, operetta (1903)
  • The Fire Prince, operetta (1924)
  • The Pearl Girl, operetta (n.d.)

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Last update: January 1, 2009