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Montreal-born baritone Gerald Finley is well know for his performances in opera, especially in the operas of Mozart.
"Pappano, . . . at this point one of the most important people in opera, crowned a stunning year . . . with a concert recording of Rossini's Guillaume Tell (EMI Classics). Rossini's last opera, another important work opposing political repression, is, despite the familiarity of a small part of its very long overture, rarely staged (never mind that the enterprising SF Opera performed it twice in the 90s). But with Gerald Finley . . . in the title role, Pappano hit the apple at its core."--Tim Pfaff, "Best classical discs 2011," Bay Area Reporter
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Dec. 1, Symphony Hall -- Jiri Belohlavek, conducting; Sasha Cooke and Gerald Finley, soloists -- One of the top ten performances of classical music in Boston and vicinity during 2011, according to Keith Powers of the Patriot Ledger. "Levine is gone, but his programming lingers, for this season at least. His survey of John Harbison's symphonies, including this performance of the fifth, added tremendous perspective and insight into that body of work. A major program that also included the fourth Beethoven concerto and his Leonore Overture."
"Gerald Finley sang a feline, chilling Don Giovanni at the Met in 2005 and shares the role in the company's upcoming new production. Along with Peter Mattei (in the Aix recording), he has proved himself to be the Giovanni of his generation, so it's good to have this iteration of his libertine preserved on DVD. Finley [sings] mellowly with supple dynamic control and superb legato (he offers a lovely serenade) . . .."--David Shengold in Opera News of September 2011, reviewing DVD of recent Glyndebourne Don Giovanni.
Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg was streamed directly from the Glyndebourne Festival on 26 June 2011. The stream is now available for free catch-up viewing until Sunday 3 July 2011.
"My whole career began here, was sustained here, and now it's taking me further than I'd ever imagined possible," says Gerald Finley about Glyndebourne, quoted at wsj.com.
"On 26th June 2011 Glyndebourne and the Guardian will join forces to stream the last night of its sell-out production Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg live online via guardian.co.uk and glyndebourne.com. This live streaming will be the first of its kind undertaken by any UK opera house or UK newspaper. The streaming will be available for seven days after the initial broadcast and will be free of charge to viewers."--glyndebourne.com
"Interview: Gerald Finley making history at Glyndebourne . . .," MusicalCriticism.com
The CD The Ballad Singer will be coming out in the next few weeks.
The recording of Rossini's Guillaume Tell will be coming out in July.
The DVD of last summer's Don Giovanni at Glyndebourne, with Gerald Finley, Luca Pisaroni, and Kate Royal, is scheduled for release in the United Kingdom on 11 April 2011, says amazon.co.uk.
Gerald Finley's Great Operatic Arias in English recording is one of the nominees for Canada's 2011 Juno award in the category Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral Performance, reports BC Creative Hub.
Article at cityarts.info about Gerald Finley's 2010 appearances in New York
Adams: Doctor Atomic
The Met's Doctor Atomic is scheduled for release on DVD in the United States on January 25, 2011.
Performers: Richard Paul Fink (Bass Baritone), Eric Owens (Baritone), Sasha Cooke (Mezzo Soprano),
Gerald Finley (Baritone), Thomas Glenn (Tenor)
"If Ades is indeed the new Benjamin Britten, the 'old' one got the best vocal recording of the year, Gerald Finley's of his Songs and Proverbs of William Blake and assorted other songs (Hyperion) . . .."--Tim Pfaff, Bay Area Reporter
Gerald Finley is scheduled to appear in performances of Don Giovanni at the Salzburg Festival on 18, 20, 23, 27, & 29 August 2011.
Gerald Finley: Wigmore Hall, 29th October 2010, review, 4.5 stars, John E. de Wald, Opera Britannia
November 6, 2010
Here is an excerpt from an artilce by Matthew Gurewitsch in the New York Times about Gerald Finley:
"Guillaume Tell, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome," brief review by Shirley Apthorp, ft.com, 3 stars. The review seems positive in every way and offers no explanation as to why the critic gave the performance only three stars. Maybe she does not find the music so interesting but is not willing to say so? Who knows?
EMI will be issuing a recording of Rossini's opera Guillaume Tell made during the three performances of the opera this month at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome with Gerald Finley, John Osborn, and Malin Byström, conducted by Antonio Pappano, reports an article in Spanish at abc.es.
"Now 84, [Sir Colin] Davis inspires the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus to a performance of vigour and refinement, and it's for their contribution -- and Gerald Finley's suave, stylish Iago -- that this recording stands out.
"Simon O'Neill's tight-voiced Moor and Anne Schwanewilms' un-Italianate Desdemona were adequate for the concert performances at which this recording was made, but LSO Live needs better casting if it wants to compete in the central operatic repertoire."--Andrew Clark, for FT.com, review recently released recording of Verdi's Otello, 3 stars
Links to reviews of concert performance of Les Pêcheurs de perles, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
August 1, 2010
That performance can be seen at medici.tv by those who are outside of the U.K.
Britten: Songs & Proverbs of William Blake
Gerald Finley, baritone, and Julius Drake, piano
amazon.com, release date 8 June 2010
amazon.co.uk, release date 1 June 2010
amazon.fr, release date 17 June 2010
amazon.de, release date 1 June 2010
"The early song cycle on poems by Walter de la Mare, Tit for Tat, together with a motley collection of folk song arrangements and one-offs (including a setting of Goethe's Um Mitternacht) make an odd context for one of Britten's greatest song cycles. But Gerald Finley sings them all with such an unwaveringly beautiful tone and attention to every syllable, and pianist Julian Drake is so wonderfully attuned to the baritone's inflections that it hardly seems to matter."--Andrew Clements, reviewing CD of Britten: Songs and Proverbs of William Blake, etc., for guardian.co.uk, 4 stars