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Finley, Gerald (baritone)
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Gerald Finley (baritone)

Grammy Award-winning Canadian bass-baritone Gerald Finley is one of the most revered and influential artists of our time. He has given celebrated performances at the world’s major opera and concert venues, and has made recordings of a wide variety of repertoire on CD and DVD with major labels. His extensive career is devoted to the complete spectrum of vocal art, encompassing operatic, orchestral and song repertoire, and he has collaborated with the greatest composers, orchestras and conductors.

Gerald’s opera repertoire has expanded from Mozart through Verdi and Wagnerian heroes, to Stravinsky, Bartók and Britten. His work has included leading roles in new works by composers such as John Adams, Kaija Saariaho and Mark-Anthony Turnage. In addition to performing the standard vocal-orchestral repertoire, he has premiered works for solo voice and orchestra by Peter Lieberson, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Kaija Saariaho and Richard Blackford. His recital catalogue includes all the major song cycles from classical and contemporary composers, many of which he has recorded for Hyperion with pianist Julius Drake.

Recent highlights include the 2018 BBC Last Night of the Proms, where Gerald performed a selection of songs, including Stanford’s Songs of the Sea and ‘Soliloquy’ from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel; appearances as Iago in Otello (Verdi) at the Bayerische Staatsoper and Canadian Opera Company, and as Bluebeard in Bluebeard’s Castle (Bartók) at the Metropolitan Opera; and performances of Beethoven’s ninth symphony with Bernard Haitink in Munich, and with Riccardo Muti at the Salzburg Festival. Further roles include the title role in Falstaff, and Antony in John Adams’s Antony and Cleopatra.

Born in Montréal, Gerald began singing as a chorister in Ottawa, Canada, and completed his musical studies in the UK at the Royal College of Music, King’s College, Cambridge, and the National Opera Studio. He is a Fellow and Visiting Professor at the Royal College of Music. In 2014 he climbed Kilimanjaro for the charity Help Musicians UK. In 2017 he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire and had previously been appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.


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