BA, Jacksonville University; MM and DMA, Florida State University. Dr. Halley is a retired member of the faculty of University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music where he was Associate Professor. A native of Cuba, he was a recipient of a Faculty Research Grant for his project of arranging old Cuban songs. Portrayed Christopher Columbus in world premiere in Milan (Italy) of Manuel deFalla’s scenic oratorio, La Atlantida, with Giulietta Simionato and Teresa Stratas. Performed roles such as Boris Godunov, Ferrando (Trovatore), King (Aìda), King Mark (Tristan und Isolde), Police Commissioner (Der Rosenkavalier), Roucher (Andrea Chenier), Sarastro, Gremin (Eugene Onegin), Raimondo (Lucia), Mephistofeles (Faust), Don Giovanni, Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia)and Don Magnifico (Cenerentola), in theatres and opera houses in Miami, Palm Beach, Birmingham, Corpus Christi, Hamburg, Innsbruck, Graz, Darmstadt, Aachen, Warsaw, Hamburg, La Scala, Milan, Amsterdam, and Mexico City.
He attended AIMS in 1977 and sang in Aachen (Germany) for 5 years with his wife, Sarah Schumann-Halley, before returning to the US where he has had an active performing and teaching career. An expert in the history of recorded opera, Dr. Halley will be the presenter of the THE HENRY PLEASANTS LECTURE SERIES Distant Voices: Listening to Singers of the Past lectures in the summer of 2015.
Recent performances include Osmin (Abduction from the Seraglio), Don Magnifico (Cenerentola) and the title role in Don Pasquale with Lyric Opera San Diego; and in Kansas City, Timur (Turandot), Manzoni equiem (Verdi) and Prologue (Mefistofele by Boito). He has served on the voice faculty of AIMS since 1996.