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Finley, Gerald (baritone)
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Gerald Finley (baritone)

Grammy-award-winning Canadian bass-baritone Gerald Finley is a leading singer and dramatic interpreter of his generation, with acclaimed performances at major opera and concert venues worldwide, and award-winning recordings in a wide variety of repertoire.

Though his work in opera was founded on Mozart baritone roles, recent successes have been in the Wagner repertoire, including major roles in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Parsifal, and Tannhäuser. Other roles include Falstaff (for which he won a DORA Award), a ‘peerless’ Iago in Otello, Guillaume Tell, Golaud (Pelléas et Mélisande), Eugene Onegin and Nick Shadow (The Rake’s Progress). Gerald has excelled in creating leading roles in contemporary opera, most notably as J Robert Oppenheimer in John Adams’s Doctor Atomic, and in operas by Turnage, Kaija Saariaho and Tobias Picker. He appears regularly in concert with major orchestras across the USA, Germany, the Netherlands, Finland and the UK.

As a celebrated song recitalist he works regularly with pianist Julius Drake. Recent engagements include the Schubertiade, recitals throughout Europe, a residency at the Wigmore Hall, a recital at New York’s Carnegie-Zankel Hall as part of a US tour, and appearances at the Tanglewood and Ravinia festivals in the USA.

Gerald’s solo recordings have been devoted to songs by Barber, Britten, Ives and Ravel, and Schumann’s song cycles Dichterliebe and Liederkreis. In a continuing partnership with Julius Drake, all recordings have been critically acclaimed, with an unprecedented three Gramophone Awards in the Solo Vocal category.

As part of his dedication to preserving and enhancing the singing tradition, he gives masterclasses throughout the world, and continues to work with the Jette Parker Young Artists’ Program at the Royal Opera House, and the Lindemann Program at the Met.

Born in Montreal, 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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