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Gerald Finley

voc, b, *1960 CA
Singer / Musician of Classical

Canadian classical bass-baritone vocalist, born 30 January 1960 in Montreal. He began singing as a chorister in Ottawa, Canada, and, encouraged by his uncle and former organist / Director of Music at Westminster Abbey, Sir William McKie, he auditioned for David Willcocks in 1978 and arrived in England the next year to complete his musical studies at the Royal College of Music, King’s College, Cambridge, and the National Opera Studio. He made his operatic debut in 1984. He was awarded the 2012 Grammy for Best Opera Recording (John Adams’s Dr Atomic with the Metropolitan Opera) and won an unprecedented three Classic FM Gramophone Awards for Best Solo Vocal Recording (Britten's Songs & Proverbs Of William Blake in 2011, Schumann's Dichterliebe & Other Heine Settings in 2009 and Songs by Samuel Barber in 2008).

     
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • Bass
Genres
  • Classical
  • Soundtrack
  • World
Popular Tracks   
Miserere a 9 on 100 Best Baroque by Various Artists
Miserere a 9 on Renaissance Masterpieces by Choir of King's College, Cambridge
25 Scottish Songs, Op. 108: No. 2, Sunset on Beethoven: Triple Concerto, Op. 56 by Ludwig van Beethoven, Nicola Benedetti, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Benjamin Grosvenor, Philharmonia Orchestra & Santtu-Matias Rouvali
Die Zauberflöte, K.620 / Act 2: Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen on Mozart: Die Zauberflote by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, The Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists & John Eliot Gardiner
26 Welsh Songs, WoO 155: No. 8, Farewell, Thou Noisy Town on Beethoven: Triple Concerto, Op. 56 by Ludwig van Beethoven, Nicola Benedetti, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Benjamin Grosvenor, Philharmonia Orchestra & Santtu-Matias Rouvali
25 Scottish Songs, Op. 108: No. 20, Faithfu' Johnie on Beethoven: Triple Concerto, Op. 56 by Ludwig van Beethoven, Nicola Benedetti, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Benjamin Grosvenor, Philharmonia Orchestra & Santtu-Matias Rouvali
26 Welsh Songs, WoO 155: No. 18, Sweet Richard on Beethoven: Triple Concerto, Op. 56 by Ludwig van Beethoven, Nicola Benedetti, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Benjamin Grosvenor, Philharmonia Orchestra & Santtu-Matias Rouvali
26 Welsh Songs, WoO 155: No. 25, The Parting Kiss on Beethoven: Triple Concerto, Op. 56 by Ludwig van Beethoven, Nicola Benedetti, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Benjamin Grosvenor, Philharmonia Orchestra & Santtu-Matias Rouvali
20 Irish Songs, WoO 153: No. 11, When Far From the Home on Beethoven: Triple Concerto, Op. 56 by Ludwig van Beethoven, Nicola Benedetti, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Benjamin Grosvenor, Philharmonia Orchestra & Santtu-Matias Rouvali
Verschiedene Volkslieder, WoO 157: No. 8, By the Side of the Shannon on Beethoven: Triple Concerto, Op. 56 by Ludwig van Beethoven, Nicola Benedetti, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Benjamin Grosvenor, Philharmonia Orchestra & Santtu-Matias Rouvali

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Band Members
Discography


Title Artist Year Type
L'Enfance Du ChristHector Berlioz, Alastair Miles, Jean Rigby, Gerald Finley, John Aler, Gwynne Howell, Corydon Singers, Corydon Orchestra, Matthew Best2019Album
In The Stream Of LifeJean Sibelius, Gerald Finley, Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester, Edward Gardner2017Album
Pelléas Et MélisandeClaude Debussy - The London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle, Magdalena Kožená, Christian Gerhaher, Gerald Finley2017Album
Organ Concerto / Requiem (Vol. 23 No. 9)Francis Poulenc, Maurice Duruflé - Gillian Weir, Ruby Hughes, Gerald Finley2015Compil.
Six Romances On Verses By English Poets / Scottish Ballad / Suite On Poems By MichelangeloDmitri Shostakovich - Gerald Finley, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Sanderling2014Album
RequiemThe King's College Choir Of Cambridge, Gabriel Fauré, Stephen Cleobury, Gerald Finley, Tom Pickard, Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment2014Album
WinterreiseFranz Schubert, Gerald Finley, Julius Drake2014Album
Missa Solemnis Op. 123Marlis Petersen, Elisabeth Kulmann, Werner Güra, Gerald Finley, Concertgebouworkest2012Album
Anna NicoleMark-Anthony Turnage, Richard Thomas, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Gerald Finley, Alan Oke, Susan Bickley, Chorus Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Antonio Pappano, Richard Jones2011Single
The Ballad SingerGerald Finley, Julius Drake2011Album
William TellGioacchino Rossini / Gerald Finley • John Osborn • Malin Byström • Marie-Nicole Lemieux • Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia • Antonio Pappano2011Album
Songs & Proverbs Of William BlakeBenjamin Britten / Gerald Finley · Julius Drake2010Album
Dido & AeneasHenry Purcell, Sarah Connolly, Gerald Finley, Lucy Crowe, Patricia Bardon, John Mark Ainsley, Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Choir Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Steven Devine, Elizabeth Kenny2009Album
Dichterliebe & Other Heine SettingsGerald Finley, Julius Drake, Robert Schumann2008Album
Weihnachtsoratorium BWV 248Johann Sebastian Bach, Christine Schäfer, Bernarda Fink, Werner Güra, Gerald Finley, Christian Gerhaher, Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt2008Album
Romanzo Di Central ParkCharles Ives, Gerald Finley, Julius Drake2008Album
A Sea Symphony / Overture To "The Wasps"Ralph Vaughan Williams, Richard Hickox, The London Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Chorus, Susan Gritton, Gerald Finley2007Album
Symphony No 9 'Choral'Ludwig van Beethoven, Bernard Haitink, Twyla Robinson, Karen Cargill, John Mac Master, Gerald Finley, London Symphony Chorus, The London Symphony Orchestra2006Album
The Revenge: A Ballad Of The Fleet / Songs Of The Sea / Songs Of The FleetCharles Villiers Stanford, Richard Hickox, The BBC National Orchestra Of Wales, The BBC National Chorus Of Wales, Gerald Finley2006Album
Songs By Schubert's Friends And ContemporariesSusan Gritton · Ann Murray · Stella Doufexis · Mark Padmore · Gerald Finley · Graham Johnson2006Album
War RequiemBenjamin Britten - Kurt Masur, Christine Brewer, Anthony Dean Griffey, Gerald Finley, The London Philharmonic Orchestra And The London Philharmonic Choir2006Album
Symphony No 9 'Choral'Ludwig van Beethoven, Bernard Haitink, Twyla Robinson, Karen Cargill, John Mac Master, Gerald Finley, London Symphony Chorus, The London Symphony Orchestra2006Album
Owen WingraveBenjamin Britten, Gerald Finley, Kent Nagano2005Single
A Song – For AnythingCharles Ives, Gerald Finley, Julius Drake2005Album
MessiahGeorg Friedrich Händel – Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Christine Schäfer, Anna Larsson, Michael Schade, Gerald Finley2005Album
Canticles I-V, The Heart Of The MatterBenjamin Britten, Philip Langridge, Steuart Bedford, Jean Rigby, Derek Lee Ragin, Gerald Finley, Judi Dench2004Album
L'Invitation Au Voyage - Henri Duparc MelodiesCatherine Robbin, Gerald Finley, Stephen Ralls2002Album
Dido & AeneasHenry Purcell - Lynne Dawson, Rosemary Joshua, Gerald Finley, Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, René Jacobs2001Album
Schöpfungsmesse - Magnificat - Intende VociJoseph Haydn, Franz Schubert, Christiane Oelze, Elisabeth Von Magnus, Herbert Lippert, Gerald Finley, Concentus Musicus Wien, Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Nikolaus Harnoncourt2000Album
An 1827 SchubertiadFranz Schubert - Juliane Banse, Lynne Dawson, Michael Schade, Gerald Finley, Graham Johnson2000Album
RinaldoGeorg Friedrich Händel – Cecilia Bartoli, David Daniels, Bernarda Fink, Gerald Finley, Luba Orgonasova, Daniel Taylor, The Academy Of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood2000Album
Schubert, 1817-1821Franz Schubert - Lorna Anderson, Lynne Dawson, Patricia Rozario, Marjana Lipovšek, Martyn Hill, Philip Langridge, Daniel Norman, Michael Schade, Gerald Finley, Matthias Goerne, Thomas Hampson, Simon Keenlyside, Stephan Loges, Christopher Maltman, Neal Davies, Graham Johnson2000Album
Venus & AdonisJohn Blow - Rosemary Joshua • Gerald Finley • Robin Blaze • The Choir Of Clare College • Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment • René Jacobs1999Album
The Pilgrim's ProgressRalph Vaughan Williams, Gerald Finley, Chorus Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Richard Hickox1998Album
The Indian QueenHenry Purcell - Emma Kirkby, Catherine Bott, John Mark Ainsley, David Thomas, Gerald Finley, The Academy Of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood1996Album
Le Nozze Di FigaroWolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gerald Finley, Alison Hagley, Renée Fleming, Andreas Schmidt, Bernard Haitink, The London Philharmonic Orchestra1996Single
Die ZauberflöteWolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Christiane Oelze, Michael Schade, Cyndia Sieden, Gerald Finley, Harry Peeters, The Monteverdi Choir, The English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner1996Album
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