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Finley Gerald

This Canadian baritone has become one of the leading singers and dramatic interpreters of his generation, recording with major labels and performing at the major opera and concert venues in a wide variety of repertoire, all to critical acclaim. His relationship with leading conductors including Nicklaus Harnoncourt, Antonio Pappano, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Roger Norrington and Sir John Eliot Gardiner has been part of a flourishing career.

In opera, his work has been founded on the leading Mozart baritone roles (Don Giovanni, Count, Figaro, Papageno, Guglielmo) Handel (Argante, Achilles, Garibaldo) and the involvement in major new works for the stage. He has successfully created the leading roles in recent world premieres including Mark Anthony Turnage's The Silver Tassie (as Harry Heegan) at English National Opera for which he was nominated for the 2000 Oliver Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera and for which he won the 2000 Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Singers. As Jaufre Rudel, in Kaija Saariaho's new opera L'Amour de loin, he received critical acclaim in the Paris and Santa Fe premieres. He created the title role in Fantastic Mr. Fox at L.A. Opera. He has also performed and recorded the title role in Vaughan Williams' Pilgrim's Progress with the Royal Opera Covent Garden, and has recently completed the title role in the new film version of Britten's Owen Wingrave, a role he first sang at the Glyndebourne Festival in 1997.@ @At the Royal Opera Covent Garden his roles include Figaro, Don Giovanni, Creonte in Haydn's L'anima del filosofo, and the Forester in The Cunning Little Vixen. His close association with Glyndebourne, where he has performed most seasons since 1986, includes appearances as Papageno, Figaro, Guglielmo, Nick Shadow and most recently as Agamemnon in Iphigenie en Aulide. At the Metropolitan Opera New York, he has sung Papageno and Marcello. Appearances at l'Opera de Paris include Don Giovanni, Count, Figaro, Papageno,Valentin, Sharpless and he will sing Olivier in Strauss' Capriccio. In Chicago at the Lyric Opera, his Papageno was an outstanding success. He will make his Salzburg debut as Guglielmo.

His concert work is equally prestigious, and he has featured in recordings of Haydn, Schumann, Brahms and Mozart. Recently he has premiered a new work for Baritone and Large Ensemble written by Mark Anthony Turnage called The Torn Fields and a new piece of Reflections on L?amour de loin by Saariaho. He is a frequent guest of many orchestras throughout Europe and he continues his work from Bach, Haydn and Handel to Britten, Stravinsky and Webern. His recent relationship with the Berlin Philharmonic includes performances of Beethoven and Mozart. As a recitalist, he works regularly with Julius Drake and Roger Vignoles and has appeared throughout Europe and is a regular guest at the Wigmore Hall. He has recorded a number of song disks in the Hyperion Schubert series with Graham Johnson, most recently An 1827 Schubertiade. His CD Songs of Travel won the 1998 Canadian Juno Award for best Classical Album. He has recently released the complete songs of Henri Duparc for the CBC Musica Viva label.

Gerald Finley began singing as a chorister in Ottawa, Canada, and completed his musical studies in the UK at the Royal College of Music, King's College, Cambridge, and the National Opera Studio with the support of the Friends of Covent Garden, The Countesss of Munster Musical Trust, and was the winner of Glyndebourne's John Christie Award. @




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