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Gerald Finley

Bass-Baritone

Biography

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

Canadian bass-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. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2014, and that year climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in support of Help Musicians UK.

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?

Photos

Rebecca Evans as Countess Almaviva and Gerald Finley as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, The Royal Opera

Gerald Finley as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, The Royal Opera

Camilla Tilling as Susanna and Gerald Finley as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, The Royal Opera

Gerald Finley as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, The Royal Opera

Jeremy White as Antonio and Gerald Finley as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, The Royal Opera

Gerald Finley as Stern in Anna Nicole, The Royal Opera,

Alan Oke as J. Howard Marshall, Eva-Maria Westbroek as Anna Nicole and Gerald Finley as Stern in Anna Nicole, The Royal Opera,

Gerald Finley, Alexander Vinogradov, John Osborn and Eric Halfvarson in Guillaume Tell

Gerald Finley and Sofia Fomina in Guillaume Tell

Gerald Finley as Guillaume Tell and Enkelejda Shkosa as Hedwige in rehearsal for Guillaume Tell, The Royal Opera

Gerald Finley as Don Giovanni and Katarina Karneus as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni

Gerald Finley as Don Giovanni and Katarina Karneus in Don Giovanni

Gerald Finley as Amfortas in Parsifal

Gerald Finley

Willard W. White as Klingsor and Gerald Finley as Amfortas in Parsifal

Charbel Mattar as Second Knight and Gerald Finley as Amfortas in Parsifal

Gerald Finley in Guillaume Tell

Gerald Finley, Sofia Fomina and Enkelejda Shkosa in Guillaume Tell

Sofia Fomina and Gerald Finley in Guillaume Tell

Gerald Finley, John Osborn, Malin Bystrom, Alexander Vinogradov, Sofia Fomina, Enkelejda Shkosa, Nicolas Courjal, Eric Halfvarson, Michael Colvin, Jihyun Kim and Samuel Dale Johnson in Guillaume Tell

Gerald Finley in Guillaume Tell

Sofia Fomina as Jemmy and Gerald Finley as Guillaume Tell in rehearsal for Guillaume Tell, The Royal Opera

Eric Halfvarson as Melcthal and Gerald Finley as Guillaume Tell in rehearsal for Guillaume Tell, The Royal Opera

Eva-Maria Westbroek as Anna Nicole and Gerald Finley as Stern in Anna Nicole, The Royal Opera,

Gerald Finley as Amfortas in Parsifal

Gerald Finley as Amfortas in Parsifal

Gerald Finley as Amfortas in Act One of The Royal Opera's Parsifal

Gerald Finley as Don Giovanni and Marco Spotti as Commendatore in Don Giovanni

Gerald Finley in Guillaume Tell

Gerald Finley and Sofia Fomina in Guillaume Tell

Gerald Finley and Enkelejda Shkosa in Guillaume Tell

Rebecca Evans as Countess Almaviva and Gerald Finley as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, The Royal Opera

Gerald Finley as Count Almaviva and Camilla Tilling as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, The Royal Opera

Rebecca Evans as Countess Almaviva and Gerald Finley as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, The Royal Opera

Gerald Finley as Count Almaviva, Camilla Tilling as Susanna and Artists of the Royal Opera in Le nozze di Figaro, The Royal Opera

Eva-Maria Westbroek as Anna Nicole and Gerald Finley as Stern in Anna Nicole, The Royal Opera,