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Finley, Gerald (baritone)
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Gerald Finley (baritone)

The Canadian baritone Gerald Finley has established himself as one of the leading singers and dramatic interpreters of his generation, performing at the major opera and concert venues of the world in a wide variety of repertoire. As a multiple Gramophone award winner for his Hyperion recital recordings with Julius Drake—Songs by Samuel Barber (2008), Schumann’s Dichterliebe (2009), and Britten’s Songs and Proverbs of William Blake (2011)—and as a Grammy winner for John Adams’s Dr Atomic (2012), his recording legacy is much acclaimed. His relationships with leading conductors including Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Bernard Haitink, Sir Antonio Pappano and Sir Simon Rattle have been part of a flourishing career.

Gerald Finley’s work in opera has been founded on Mozart (Glyndebourne, Salzburg, Vienna, Met, Covent Garden), as well as championing new repertoire, most notably in premieres as J Robert Oppenheimer in Adams’s Dr Atomic and as Howard K Stern in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Anna Nicole. His concert recording work is equally prestigious, including Britten’s War Requiem and Vaughan Williams’s A Sea Symphony. He has also premiered new works by Turnage, Saariaho, Philips, Picker and Lieberson. Gerald Finley works regularly as a recitalist with Julius Drake, appearing throughout Europe and North America, and is a frequent guest at London’s Wigmore Hall. His Hyperion recordings with Julius Drake, including songs by Ives, Ravel, Schumann, and a compilation titled ‘The Ballad Singer’, have all been widely praised.

Gerald Finley began singing as a chorister in Ottawa, Canada, and continued his musical studies in the United Kingdom at the Royal College of Music, King’s College, Cambridge, and the National Opera Studio. His stage development has included success in Wagner roles such as Hans Sachs and Amfortas. Gerald Finley is a Fellow of the Royal College of Music, where he is a visiting professor.


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