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

December 2013

Antonio Pappano and special guests Gerald Finley and Simon O'Neill introduce the music of Wagner's Parsifal.

October 2013

Wagner: Meistersinger [Vladimir Jurowski, Gerald Finley, Marco Jentzsch, Anna Gabler] [Glyndebourne: GFOCD 021-11], CD,

CD release date in U.K.: 4 November 2013

Wagner: Meistersinger [Vladimir Jurowski, Gerald Finley, Marco Jentzsch, Anna Gabler] [Glyndebourne: GFOCD 021-11], CD,

August 2013

I see at iTunes for the U.S. a recording of Glyndebourne's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg by Richard Wagner, but the cast appears to be described incorrectly. I imagine the recording must have been made from performances with Gerald Finley, previously released on DVD.

Wagner: Die Meistersinger Von Nürnberg -- Glyndebourne

July 2013

The Boston Symphony Orchestra has released a recording of John Harbison's Symphony number 5 for mp3 download. This recording was made from Boston Symphony Orchestra performances led by Jiří Bělohlávek in December 2011, and features baritone Gerald Finley and mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke.


New recording: Handel/Mozart: Timotheus oder die Gewalt der Musik

New DVD: Beethoven: Missa Solemnis


The New York Philharmonic's performance of Il Prigioniero can be heard at


January 2013

2012 entries

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.


September 2012

Hyperion is releasing a Liederkreis CD with Gerald Finley and Julius Drake in October 2012. , October 1 , 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.

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

DVD,, release date 3 September 2012

Blu-Ray,, 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

"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."

2010 entries







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Article by Dominic McHugh,, 28 April 2007

La Scena Musicale article, May 1998

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