Gerald Finley

Bass-Baritone

Biography

Grammy-award winning Canadian bass-baritone Gerald Finley is a leading singer and dramatic interpreter of his generation, with acclaimed performances at the world’s major opera and concert venues and award-winning recordings on CD and DVD with major labels in a wide variety of repertoire. Mr Finley’s career is devoted to the wide range of vocal art, encompassing opera, orchestral and song, collaborating with the greatest orchestras and conductors of our time.

He began with the baritone roles of Mozart; his Don Giovanni has been heard live throughout the world and on DVD. As the Count in Le nozze di Figaro, his appearances include the Royal Opera Covent Garden (Opus Arte DVD), the New York Met, Salzburg Festival, Paris, Vienna, Munich and Amsterdam, whilst earlier he garnered acclaim singing Figaro throughout Europe.

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Reviews

“Mr. Finley has long been recognized as a recitalist of rare versatility, a concert artist of the first rank and an opera singer of distinction in a broad repertory”

The New York Times

“Individual characters were sharp-etched. Gerald Finley’s Peter, at first a shining light of dedication, his voice close-focused, wide-awake, would become a dark shadow of remorse.”

Hillary Finch

The Times

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“Mr. Finley has long been recognized as a recitalist of rare versatility, a concert artist of the first rank and an opera singer of distinction in a broad repertory ”

The New York Times

“Individual characters were sharp-etched. Gerald Finley’s Peter, at first a shining light of dedication, his voice close-focused, wide-awake, would become a dark shadow of remorse.”

Hillary Finch, The TImes

“Finley is a marvel here, none of his beauty missing, but allowing us to hear the beauty disintegrate into the dark mists of Schubert’s most miraculous conception.”

Steven Ritter, Audiophile Audition

“Mr. Finley and Mr. Drake delivered an intensely felt and richly shaded account of Schubert’s lovelorn and life-weary song cycle. Mr. Finley possesses a warm, glowing baritone with a generous low range and silken top notes, as well as a knack for spinning out long and smooth legato lines. But just as important, he is an intelligent and committed actor, and it was his attention to the individual color of Wilhelm Müller’s words and the psychological nuances of Schubert’s setting of them that made his performance so compelling.”

Schubert’s Winterreise at Zankel Hall with Julius Drake, The New York Times

“Finley manages to bring a dimension of nobility to Amfortas’s sufferings”

The Guardian

“”…a beautiful pendant to Finley and Drake’s 2008 album of Dichterliebe.””

Gerald Finley and Julius Drake: “SCHUMANN: Liederkreis, Op. 24 & 39” – Opera News, William R. Braun

“After a life-long referral as a critic you think, you know Schubert’s “Winterreise”. […] But the Canadian baritone Gerald Finley and Julius Drake, his British accompanist reinvent “Winterreise”, with a provocative, almost serene calm that savors the Wanderers pain in detail as if under a magnifying glass while suffering with him. […] And of course with his dream voice, a wonderfully full, seamless baritone, which he takes back often and lets only blossom into full size during dramatic moments (“Die Nebensonnen”). ”

Schubertiade – Fritz Jurmann, Voralberger Nachrichten

“I found Finley’s account of these five songs quietly gripping. It seemed to combine those most unlikely partners, assuredness and frailty. When appropriate, he could produce a ghostly, almost bodiless head-voice. In more animated moments his tone was effortlessly strong and rich. The final bars […] were haunting.”

Lieberson ‘Songs of Love and Sorrow’, Usher Hall – Alan Coady, bachtrack.com

“Gerald Finley, in a powerfully controlled yet emotional performance […], cut to the heart of the music…”

Lieberson ‘Songs of Love and Sorrow’ Glasgow Royal Concert Hall – Michael Tumelty, heraldscotland.com

“[The words] were sung […] by the bass baritone Gerald Finley […] whose understanding of their quiet, autumnal ecstasy was palpable in a performance heaped with throbbing tenderness and sublime passion.”

Lieberson’s ‘Songs of Love and Sorrow’, Edinburgh Usher Hall – Kenneth Walton, Scotsman.com

“Finley’s tone was velvety smooth, and his projection and characterisation impeccable. ”

Andrew Clements, The Guardian

“In the title role, baritone Gerald Finley is at the top of his game. [Re: CD Reviews: Rossini – William Tell, EMI Classics June 2011] ”

BBC Music Magazine

“…aided by the Hans Sachs of Gerald Finley that at times touches the heights of mastersinging, in a performance that is the complete package. His bass-baritone sound, warm, lyrical, intensely expressive (helped as well by his superb German diction) is complemented by an onstage character who becomes immensely sympathetic as the evening progresses. Finley illustrates and conveys all this with natural ease, moving beautifully, and singing the role as thrillingly as I have ever heard it. Finley’s voice is not only big enough, it is noble, resonant (his bass extension is particularly fine in the Glyndebourne acoustic) and utterly right for the part. His ovation at the end told its own story… a debut performance by Finley, who will surely become the Hans Sachs of our times. [Re: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, May 2011]”

Mike Reynolds, MusicalCriticism.com

“His elegant baritone, which has gained in muscle since his Hans Sachs at Glydebourne in the summer, brought beauty as well as Nordic angst to the two Swedish songs and rose proudly to the lyrical grandeur of the epic ‘Koskenlaskijan morsiamet’.”

Richard Fairman, Financial Times

“William Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast is English oratorio at its most unbuttoned. Baritone Gerald Finley delivered the solos with the clarity of an orator, and the visionary nobility of a prophet.”

Nick Kimberley, London Evening Standard

“Only the endlessly expressive diction of Gerald Finley (rarely have consonants yielded so much distaste as his at the excess of the Babylonians) betrayed the work’s unimpeachably British credentials.”

Alexandra Coghlan,The Arts Desk

“Bass-Baritone soloist Gerald Finley was alert and sonorous…he has fully seized the opportunities offered by three of Sibelius’s rarely heard orchestral songs.”

George Hall, The Guardian