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Gerald Finley

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Biography

Baritone superstar Gerald Finley has garnered acclaim in all the major Mozart baritone roles, including Don Giovanni, the Count in Le nozze di Figaro, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, and Papageno in Die Zauberflöte. Yet he has also achieved high praise for the many difficult contemporary roles he has created: J. Robert Oppenheimer in Adams' Doctor Atomic, Harry Heegan in Turnage's The Silver Tassie, the title character in Picker's Fantastic Mr. Fox, and several others. If you suspect there is a hole in Finley's repertory, there isn't: he has sung the title role in Tchaikovsky's Evgeny Onegin, Prince Yeletsky in Tchaikovsky's Pique Dame, Marcello in Puccini's La bohème, and many others from late 19th and early 20th operas. Moreover, Finley has appeared in concert and recital in a vast array of works by Handel, Haydn, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Duparc, Ravel, Ives, Britten, Barber, Maxwell-Davies, and many others. Finley has appeared at the major operatic and concert venues in New York, San Francisco, London, Paris, Vienna, Prague, Helsinki, Rome, and Tel Aviv. Not surprisingly, Finley, whose rich voice is usually classed as bass-baritone, has made numerous recordings for such labels as Chandos, Decca, DG, EMI, Harmonia Mundi, Hyperion, Naxos, Opus Arte, Philips, Sony, and TDK. Gerald Finley was born in Montreal, Canada, on January 30, 1960. He was a chorister at St. Matthew's Church in Ottawa and later studied music at the University of Ottawa, Cambridge University (King's College), and London's Royal College of Music. In the early years of his career he sang with the Cambridge Singers, and then, from 1986-1988, with the Glyndebourne Opera. In 1989 Roger Norrington cast him as Papageno in a production of Die Zauberflöte, and the following year Finley toured in the role with the Glyndebourne company. Finley's career was soon in meteoric ascent, with notable debuts at the major opera houses, including at the Met as Papageno (1998). He would return there as Marcello (2001, 2009 & 2010), Don Giovanni (2005), and J. Robert Oppenheimer (2008). With all his success, Finley also took chances, singing the role of Jaufré Rudel in Kaija Saariaho's L'amour de loin at its premiere in 2000 at the Salzburg Festival, and then at Paris (2001) and Santa Fe (2002). Among Finley's more acclaimed recordings is his Songs by Samuel Barber, on Hyperion, which won a Classic FM Gramophone Award in 2008 as Best Solo Vocal Recording.

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