Gerald Finley

Current as of August 2023

The Grammy Award-winning Canadian bass-baritone Gerald Finley is one of the leading singers of his generation, and performs with the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors.

He has recently appeared at the BBC Proms where he has sung repertory including Charles Villiers Stanford’s Songs of the Sea and ‘Soliloquy’ from Rogers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich and at the Canadian Opera Company as Iago (Otello), at the Metropolitan Opera in New York as Bluebeard (Bluebeard’s Castle) and Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), at the Vienna State Opera as Falstaff and in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony under the late Bernard Haitink in Munich and under Riccardo Muti at the Salzburg Festival. In addition he has sung in a gala under Gustavo Dudamel at the Paris Opéra, as Bluebeard at London’s Stone Nest with the Orchestre de Paris and in Ralph Vaughan Williams’s First Symphony at the Festival Radio France Occitanie Montpellier.

Gerald Finley has given song recitals at venues including the Wigmore Hall and the Middle Temple Hall in London, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, and in Vienna, Prague and the USA.

In the 2022/23 season he sang Antony in the world premiere of John Adams’s Antony and Cleopatra at the San Francisco Opera, Scarpia (Tosca) and Count Almaviva at the Paris Opéra, Wolfram (Tannhäuser) at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and Iago in Munich. He also made his role debut in the title role of Der fliegende Holländer at the Berlin State Opera. On the concert stage he most recently appeared in Kaija Saariaho’s True Fire with the Sinfonia Lahti under Dalia Stasevska.

From Montreal, Gerald Finley began his singing training as a chorister in Ottawa, and studied in the UK at the Royal College of Music, at King’s College in Cambridge and at the National Opera Studio. He is a fellow and visiting professor at the Royal College of Music. In 2017 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. He is also an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2014 he climbed Kilimanjaro to raise funds for the charity Help Musicians UK.

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