Gerald Finley BARITONE

Grammy-award winning Canadian baritone Gerald Finley began singing in Ottawa before completing his musical studies in the UK at the RCM, King’s College, Cambridge, and the National Opera Studio.

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He began his opera work at Glyndebourne and it now encompasses a variety of leading roles for opera houses including London, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, Munich, Vienna, Helsinki, Salzburg, New York, Chicago, Santa Fe and San Francisco. He has created lead roles in major premières: J. Robert Oppenheimer (Doctor Atomic), Harry Heegan (The Silver Tassie), Mr. Fox (Fantastic Mr. Fox) and Jaufré Rudel (L’amour de loin).  Critical successes include his debut performances as Hans Sachs at the 2011 Glyndebourne Festival, Iago with Sir Colin Davis and the LSO, and the title role in Guillaume Tell with Antonio Pappano.

In concert, he works regularly with Sir Simon Rattle, Alan Gilbert and Esa Pekka Salonen with orchestras throughout Europe, USA and Canada, featuring premieres of works by Mark Anthony Turnage, Peter Lieberson and Einojuhani Rautavaara.

As a recitalist, he regularly works with Julius Drake, appearing in prestigious venues such as New York’s Carnegie-Zankel Hall as well as in Vienna, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Brussels and London’s Wigmore Hall.

His extensive recording work on Hyperion has received numerous awards. His latest CD, an album of Schumann’s Liederkreis cycles op 24 and 39, was released in October 2012. This follows his 2011 Gramophone Award-winning Britten CD.

The 2012/13 season started with a return to the BBC Proms as Chou en Lai in Nixon in China, followed by Brahms’ Requiem with Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and the Toronto Symphony, concluding with Il prigioniero with the New York Philharmonic and Cosi fan tutte at the Salzburg Festival.

Highlights of 2013/14 include Amfortas in Parsifal at the Royal Opera House, Le Nozze di Figaro in Munich and the ROH; Haydn’s The Creation with the LSO at the Barbican, his return to Amsterdam for Beethoven 9 as well as a residency at Wigmore Hall and a US recital tour.

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