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Gerald Finley

Baritone

Biography

Gerald Finley in action.
Gerald Finley in Parsifal, The Royal Opera © ROH/Clive Barda, 2013

Canadian baritone Gerald Finley made his Royal Opera debut in 1989, and has gone on to sing roles including Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Don Giovanni, Forester (The Cunning Little Vixen), Giorgio Germont (La traviata), Golaud (Pelléas et Mélisande), Eugene Onegin, the Lawyer Stern (Anna Nicole, world premiere) and Amfortas (Parsifal) for The Royal Opera. In the 2014/15 Season he returns to sing the title role in Guillaume Tell.

Finley was born in Montreal and began singing as a chorister in Ottawa. He was encouraged by his great uncle William McKie, former organist of Westminster Abbey. He completed his musical studies at King’s College, Cambridge, the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio. He performs regularly for the world's major opera houses and has created a number of roles, including Doctor Oppenheimer (Adams’s Doctor Atomic) and Harry Heegan (Turnage's The Silver Tassie). In 2012 he sang his first Hans Sachs (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) at Glyndebourne Festival to great acclaim. He gives regular concerts and recitals, frequently touring Europe and North America with pianist Julius Drake.

Finley has won several awards for his performances on CD and DVD, including a Grammy for Best Opera Recording 2012 (Dr Atomic at the Metropolitan Opera, New York), made many CDs of Lieder and song, and has appeared on films including Channel 4’s Owen Wingrave. He is a Visiting Professor and Fellow of the RCM.

Videos

News and features

Parsifal available to buy on DVD

Parsifal available to buy on DVD

18 December 2014

Stephen Langridge's Royal Opera production of Wagner’s final opera, starring Simon O'Neill, Angela Denoke, René Pape and Gerald Finley.

Written on Skin and Les Troyens shortlisted for Classical Gramophone Awards 2014

Written on Skin and Les Troyens shortlisted for Classical Gramophone Awards 2014

1 August 2014

Recordings by Jonas Kaufmann and Gerald Finley are also shortlisted.

Your reaction: Parsifal

Your reaction: Parsifal

1 December 2013

What did you think of Stephen Langridge's production of Wagner's final masterpiece?

Listen: Gerald Finley on Parsifal, Wagner and the secrets of keeping his voice in good shape


Listen: Gerald Finley on Parsifal, Wagner and the secrets of keeping his voice in good shape


29 November 2013

The Canadian baritone speaks to BBC Radio 3’s In Tune about The Royal Opera’s new production.

Gallery: Parsifal in rehearsal

Gallery: Parsifal in rehearsal

22 November 2013

A glimpse of Stephen Langridge's new Royal Opera production before curtain up.

Watch: Gerald Finley on Parsifal

Watch: Gerald Finley on Parsifal

17 October 2013

Leading baritone discusses his role as Amfortas in Stephen Langridge’s new Royal Opera production.

Photos

Rebecca Evans as Countess Almaviva and Gerald Finley as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, The Royal Opera © ROH / Mark Douet 2014

Rebecca Evans as Countess Almaviva and Gerald Finley as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, The Royal Opera © ROH / Mark Douet 2014

Rebecca Evans as Countess Almaviva and Gerald Finley as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, The Royal Opera © ROH / Mark Douet 2014

Gerald Finley as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, The Royal Opera © ROH / Mark Douet 2014

Camilla Tilling as Susanna and Gerald Finley as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, The Royal Opera © ROH / Mark Douet 2014

Gerald Finley as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, The Royal Opera © ROH / Mark Douet 2014

Jeremy White as Antonio and Gerald Finley as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, The Royal Opera © ROH / Mark Douet 2014

Gerald Finley as Count Almaviva, Camilla Tilling as Susanna and Artists of the Royal Opera in Le nozze di Figaro, The Royal Opera © ROH / Mark Douet 2014

Gerald Finley as Count Almaviva and Guy de Mey as Don Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro, The Royal Opera © ROH / Mark Douet 2014

Gerald Finley as Count Almaviva and Camilla Tilling as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, The Royal Opera © ROH / Mark Douet 2014

Gerald Finley © Sim Canetty-Clarke

Gerald Finley as Amfortas in Parsifal © ROH / Clive Barda 2013

Gerald Finley in Parsifal, The Royal Opera © ROH/Clive Barda, 2013

Gerald Finley as Amfortas in Parsifal © ROH / Clive Barda 2013

Willard W. White as Klingsor and Gerald Finley as Amfortas in Parsifal © ROH / Clive Barda 2013

Gerald Finley as Amfortas in Act One of The Royal Opera's Parsifal © ROH / Clive Barda 2013

Charbel Mattar as Second Knight and Gerald Finley as Amfortas in Parsifal © ROH / Clive Barda 2013

Gerald Finley

Gerald Finley as Amfortas and Angela Denoke as Kundry in Parsifal © ROH / Clive Barda 2013

Simon O'Neill as Parsifal, Gerald Finley as Amfortas, René Pape as Gurnemanz and Angela Denoke as Kundry in Parsifal © ROH / Clive Barda 2013

Gerald Finley as Amfortas in Parsifal © ROH / Clive Barda 2013

Gerald Finley as Amfortas in Parsifal © ROH / Clive Barda 2013

Gerald Finley as Amfortas in Parsifal © ROH / Clive Barda 2013

Gerald Finley as Amfortas and Robert Lloyd as Titurel in Parsifal © ROH / Clive Barda 2013

Gerald Finley as Don Giovanni and Marco Spotti as Commendatore in Don Giovanni © Mike Hoban/ROH 2012

Gerald Finley as Don Giovanni and Katarina Karneus in Don Giovanni © Mike Hoban/ROH 2012

Gerald Finley as Don Giovanni and Katarina Karneus as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni © Mike Hoban/ROH 2012

Alan Oke as J.Howard Marshall, Eva-Maria Westbroek as Anna Nicole and Gerald Finley as Stern in Anna Nicole in Anna Nicole © Bill Cooper/ROH 2011

Gerald Finley as Stern in Anna Nicole, The Royal Opera, © ROH / Bill Cooper 2011

Eva-Maria Westbroek as Anna Nicole and Gerald Finley as Stern in Anna Nicole, The Royal Opera, © ROH / Bill Cooper 2011

Alan Oke as J. Howard Marshall, Eva-Maria Westbroek as Anna Nicole and Gerald Finley as Stern in Anna Nicole, The Royal Opera, © ROH / Bill Cooper 2011

Eva-Maria Westbroek as Anna Nicole and Gerald Finley as Stern in Anna Nicole, The Royal Opera, © ROH / Bill Cooper 2011