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Montreal-born baritone Gerald Finley is well know for his performances in opera, especially in the operas of Mozart.

October 2012

Gerald Finley is scheduled to be among the singers appearing at the Richard Tucker Gala on November 11, 2012, at Avery Fisher Hall.

The gala will be recorded for delayed broadcast in the United States as part of PBS's "Live From Lincoln Center" series on Thursday, December 13, 2012. Check your local listings. I wouldn't expect the gala to be on all PBS channels.

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September 2012

Hyperion is releasing a Liederkreis CD with Gerald Finley and Julius Drake in October 2012.

amazon.co.uk , October 1

amazon.com , October 9

CD Description

Gerald Finley and Julius Drake return to Schumann, following a magisterially intense Dichterliebe which won them a third Gramophone award. Here they focus on the two contrasting Liederkreis (song-circle) cycles using texts by Heine and Eichendorff. Heine is the poet of Dichterliebe, and Op 24 contains extremes of elation and despair that call all Finley's considerable dramatic powers into play. Eichendorff's seductive, crepuscular night-songs of Op 39 require the velvety tone for which this singer is equally revered. Separating these two great works are the Sechs Gedichte aus dem Liederbuch eines Malers, Op 36, which find Schumann in more homespun, folksong-influenced vein.

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Glyndebourne, 2011 performances of Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

DVD, amazon.co.uk, release date 3 September 2012

Blu-Ray, amazon.co.uk, release date 3 September 2012

August 2012

Finley shows remarkable vocal artistry in Ravinia recital

"Finley & Drake Tell Tall Tales at Tanglewood," by James C. S. Liu, The Boston Musical Intelligencer

July 31, 2012

"Baritone Gerald Finley is at a high point in his career"--article in Ottawa Citizen

June 26, 2012

June 25, 2012

June 2012

"La discreción como virtud;" por Arturo REVERTER, review in Spanish of 18 June 2012 Madrid recital of Gerald Finley and Julius Drake

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"His voice itself is stunning--dark and rich in its lower reaches, yet capable of achieving a surprising degree of freedom on high. His technique allows him unforced access to his entire range, with tone that's consistently firm,smoothly emitted and well projected. His way with text is just as remarkable: he not only sends each word to the listener's ear intelligibly, but he has a great singer's aptitude for singing through the consonants, so that text and music become one integral package."--from article about Gerald Finley by Fred Cohn in Opera News of July 2012.

Next year Gerald Finley and Julius Drake are scheduled to record Schubert's Winterreise for Hyperion.

May 2012

March 2012

February 2012

The New York Philharmonic's 2012-2013 season includes, in June 2013, a 12-tone one-act opera, Luigi Dallapiccola's Il Prigioniero (The Prisoner), with Gerald Finley, the bass-baritone, in the title role; and Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 1, with a favorite Gilbert soloist, Lisa Batiashvili.

2011 entries

December 2011

"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."

October 2011

The CD of Britten's Songs & Proverbs of William Blake, performed by Gerald Finley and Julius Drake, has received Gramophone's 2011 award for Solo Vocal performance.

August 2011

"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.

June 2011

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.

May 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.

Gerald Finley listens to Rick Astley's Greatest Hits, says an interview at Lewes Classical.

February 2011

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.

Links to reviews of performances of Don Giovanni last summer at Glyndebourne

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.

2010 entries

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