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Gerald Finley

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Baritone superstar Gerald Finley offers garnered acclaim in every the main Mozart baritone assignments, including Don Giovanni, the Count number in Le nozze di Figaro, Guglielmo in Così enthusiast tutte, and Papageno in Pass away Zauberflöte. However he in addition has achieved high compliment for the countless difficult contemporary assignments he has generated: J. Robert Oppenheimer in Adams’ Doctor Atomic, Harry Heegan in Turnage’s The Sterling silver Tassie, the name personality in Picker’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, and many others. In the event that you suspect there’s a gap in Finley’s repertory, there is not: he offers sung the name part in Tchaikovsky’s Evgeny Onegin, Prince Yeletsky in Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame, Marcello in Puccini’s La bohème, and many more from past due 19th and early 20th operas. Furthermore, Finley has made an appearance in concert and recital in a massive array of functions by Handel, Haydn, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Duparc, Ravel, Ives, Britten, Barber, Maxwell-Davies, and many more. Finley has made an appearance in the main operatic and concert locations in NY, SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, London, Paris, Vienna, Prague, Helsinki, Rome, and Tel Aviv. And in addition, Finley, whose wealthy voice is normally classed as bass-baritone, offers made several recordings for such brands as Chandos, Decca, DG, EMI, Harmonia Mundi, Hyperion, Naxos, Opus Arte, Philips, Sony, and TDK. Gerald Finley was created in Montreal, Canada, on January 30, 1960. He was a chorister at St. Matthew’s Chapel in Ottawa and later on studied music in the College or university of Ottawa, Cambridge College or university (King’s University), and London’s Royal University of Music. In the first many years of his profession he sang using the Cambridge Performers, and, from 1986-1988, using the Glyndebourne Opera. In 1989 Roger Norrington cast him as Papageno inside a creation of Die Zauberflöte, and the next yr Finley toured within the role using the Glyndebourne firm. Finley’s profession was shortly in meteoric ascent, with significant debuts on the main opera homes, including on the Met as Papageno (1998). He’d come back there as Marcello (2001, 2009 & 2010), Don Giovanni (2005), and J. Robert Oppenheimer (2008). With all his achievement, Finley also had taken chances, performing the function of Jaufré Rudel in Kaija Saariaho’s L’amour de loin at its premiere in 2000 on the Salzburg Celebration, and at Paris (2001) and Santa Fe (2002). Among Finley’s even more acclaimed recordings is normally his Music by Samuel Barber, on Hyperion, which gained a vintage FM Gramophone Prize in 2008 as Greatest Solo Vocal Documenting.

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Full Name Gerald Finley
Profession Opera Singer
Education University of Ottawa, Royal College of Music
Nationality Canadian
Awards Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording, Juno Award for Classical Album of the Year – Vocal or Choral Performance
Music Groups Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Cambridge Singers
Music Songs The Lord Bless You and Keep You, Look at the World, What Sweeter Music, Candlelight Carol, Sicut cervus, Christmas Lullaby, Spem in alium nunquam habui, Sussex Carol, Gloria, All bells in paradise, For the Beauty of the Earth, Angels' Carol, I Was Glad, Weep, O Mine Eyes, Star Carol, Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow, I will sing with the spirit, Praise my soul, the King of heaven, Don Juan's Serenade, Fair Phyllis I Saw, Sans Day Carol, A flower remembered, A Gaelic Blessing, Abide With Me, All My Heart This Night Rejoices, Come, Thou Redeemer of the Earth, Silent Night, The Heavens Are Telling the Glory of God, Beati quorum via, April Is in My Mistress' Face, There Were Shepherds Abiding in the Field, I Would Be True
Albums In the Stream of Life / Songs by Sibelius, Great Operatic Arias, Songs by Ravel (baritone: Gerald Finley, piano: Julius Drake), Dido & Aeneas, Songs by Samuel Barber (baritone: Gerald Finley, piano: Julius Drake), Requiem, Schubert: Winterreise, Schumann: Dichterliebe & other Heine Settings, Rautavaara: Rubáiyát, Balada, Canto V & 4 Songs from Rasputin, Songs by Schubert's Friends and Contemporaries, Schumann: Liederkreis, The John Rutter Christmas Album, Bach Edition, War Requiem Op. 66, Dichterliebe and Other Heine Settings (baritone: Gerald Finley, piano: Julius Drake), In the Stream of Life: Songs by Sibelius, Songs of Travel, The Pilgrim's Progress, Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel / Holman: The Centred Passion, The Revenge: A Ballad of the Fleet / Songs of the Sea / Songs of the Fleet, Duparc: Complete Melodies, Harbison Symphonies 5 & 6, Adams: Doctor Atomic Symphony, Purcell: The Indian Queen, Songs by Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky and Ned Rorem (baritone: Gerald Finley, piano: Julius Drake), Turnage, M.-A.: Scherzoid / Evening Songs / When I Woke / Yet Another Set To, Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45, The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Volume 36: An 1827 Schubertiad, Release 5: Mendelssohn: Elijah, Shostakovich: Six Romances on Verses by English Poets - Scottish Ballade - Suite on Poems by Michelangelo, A Song - For Anything: Songs by Charles Ives, The Voices of Christmas, Treasures of English Church Music, 4 Coronation Anthems, etc. (Choir of King's College, Winchester Cathedral, Christ Church Cathedral), Messiah, Venus & Adonis (Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment feat. conductor: René Jacobs), Guillaume Tell (conductor: Antonio Pappano; orchestra: Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia)
Nominations Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera, Classic Brit Critics Award
Movies Doctor Atomic, Le Nozze Di Figaro, Owen Wingrave, Holocaust: A Music Memorial Film, L'Amour de Loin (Finnish National Opera)


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#Fact
1 he was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 2001 (2000 season) for Outstanding Achievement in Opera for his creation of the leading role in the English National Opera's world premiere, The Silver Tassie at the London Coliseum.
2 Opera singer (baritone).


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Guillaume Tell: Live from the Royal Opera House 2015 Guillaume Tell
Così fan tutte 2014 TV Movie Don Alfonso
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg 2011 TV Movie Hans Sachs
Don Giovanni 2010 TV Movie Don Giovanni
The Metropolitan Opera HD Live 2008 TV Series J. Robert Oppenheimer
Doctor Atomic 2007 TV Movie J. Robert Oppenheimer
Le nozze di Figaro 2006/II TV Movie Count Alamaviva
L'amour de loin 2004 TV Movie Jaufré Rudel
Capriccio 2004 TV Movie Olivier
Owen Wingrave 2001 TV Movie Owen Wingrave
Die Zauberflöte 1995 TV Movie Papageno
Le nozze di Figaro 1994 TV Movie Figaro
Death in Venice 1990 TV Movie English Clerk

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
BBC Proms 2012 TV Series 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mozart with Dudamel 2015 Video Himself
BBC Proms 2013 TV Series Himself - Bass
Live from Lincoln Center 2012 TV Series Himself - Musical guest
BBC Proms 2012 TV Series Himself - Soloist
Independent Lens 2008 TV Series documentary Singer: Robert Oppenheimer
Wonders Are Many 2007 Documentary Himself - Singer: Robert Oppenheimer
Holocaust: A Music Memorial Film 2005 TV Special Baritone
Carols for Christmas 1985 TV Movie Himself - bass

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