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Gerald Finley

Iain Burnside talks to Gerald Finley

Tuesday 28 June 2005 16:00-17:00 (Radio 3)

Iain Burnside talks to the Canadian baritone Gerald Finley about his career in opera and recital as well as some of the singers who have influenced him.


1 hour

Gerald Finley

Canadian bass-baritone Gerald Finley began singing as a chorister in Ottawa, Canada. He completed his musical studies in the UK at the Royal College of Music, King's College, Cambridge, and the National Opera Studio with the support of the Friends of Covent Garden, The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, and was the winner of Glyndebourne's John Christie Award.

Gerald Finley began his opera work in the Mozart roles at Glyndebourne and it now includes a variety of leading roles in the world's opera houses including London, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, New York, and Chicago. At the Royal Opera Covent Garden his roles include Figaro, Creonte in Haydn's L'anima del filosofo, the Forester in The Cunning Little Vixen, Don Giovanni and most recently Germont in La Traviata. He was Owen Wingrave in the new Channel 4 film of Britten's opera and has appeared in lead roles in major premières; Harry Heegan (The Silver Tassie), Mr. Fox (Fantastic Mr. Fox) and Jaufre Rudel (L'amour de loin).

His discography includes work with Sir Simon Rattle (Così fan tutte - EMI), Sir John Eliot Gardiner (Die Zauberflöte, Die Schöpfung - DG), Trevor Pinnock (King Arthur - DG), Christopher Hogwood (Rinaldo - Decca) and award winning song recital discs with CBC Records and Hyperion.


Gerald Finley

Title: Argante Sibillar gli angui d’Aletto from Rinaldo
Artist: Gerald Finley/ Academy of Ancient Music/ Hogwood
Composer: Handel
Track: CD1 10
Label: DECCA 467 088-2 to 090-2
Album: Rinaldo

Title: Phidyle
Artist: Gerald Finley/ Stephen Ralls
Composer: Duparc
Track: 13
Label: CBC MVCD 1148
Album: L’invitation au Voyage

Title: An den Mond
Artist: Herman Prey
Composer: Schubert
Track: Side 2 Band 8
Label: Philips 6584 050
Album: Schubert: Lieder

Title: Der Kreuzzug D932
Artist: Gerald Finley/ Graham Johnson
Composer: Schubert
Track: 15
Label: Hyperion CDJ33036
Album: An 1827 Schubertiade

BBC Wigmore lunchtime recording 02/10/00
Title: The singing cat
Artist: Gerald Finley
Composer: Turnage

Title: Var det en dröm
Artist: Tom Krause, Gustav Djupsjöbacka
Composer: Sibelius
Track: 3
Album: Jean Sibelius Songs – Finlandia 4509 96871 2

Title: Guglielmo: Rivolgete a lui lo sguardo
Artist: Gerald Finley/ Choir and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment / Rattle
Composer: Mozart
Label: EMI 556171 2
Album: Cosi fan Tutti

Title : An die Geliebte
Artist : Heinrich Schlusnus, Franz Rupp
Composer : Wolf
Track : 21
Label : Lebendige Vergangenheit 89205
Album:Heinrich Schlusnus : Liederalbum

Title: Tea for Two
Artist: Comedian Harmonists
Composer: Vincent Youmans/Irving Caesar
Track: 8
Label: Hannibal Records
Album: The Comedian Harmonists – HNCD 1445

Title: The Infinite Shining Heavens
Artist: Gerald Finley/ Stephen Ralls
Composer: Vaughan Williams
Track: 6
Label: CBC MVCD 1115
Album: Songs of Travel

From Rogers concert/ BBCSSO recording BBC R3 29/11/02
Title: Manhattan
Composer: Rodgers
Artist: Gerald Finley/ Louise Winter/ BBCSSO/ Robert Ziegler

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