|Internationally acclaimed, Grammy and Juno-award-winning Canadian bass baritone Gerald Finley began singing as a chorister in Ottawa before completing his musical studies in the UK at the Royal College of Music, King’s College, Cambridge, and the National Opera Studio.|
After his initial successes in the Mozart baritone repertoire, he now appears in a variety of leading roles at the world’s opera houses. His Don Giovanni has been seen in Salzburg, Munich, Vienna, Prague, Rome, New York, Paris, Tel Aviv, and London. He has created the lead roles in major premières: Howard K. Stern (Anna Nicole - ROH Covent Garden), J. Robert Oppenheimer (Doctor Atomic - Metropolitan Opera New York and Grammy Award), Harry Heegan (The Silver Tassie - English National Opera), Mr. Fox (Fantastic Mr. Fox) and Jaufre Rudel (L’amour de loin). His expanding dramatic repertoire include recent outstanding successes as Hans Sachs (Meistersinger) in Paris and Glyndebourne also on DVD, Amfortas (Parsifal) in London and Vienna, Iago (Otello) with the LSO in concert and on CD, Rossini's Guillaume Tell in Rome, London, New York and Munich and on EMI CD. In 2012, he was honoured by Opera Canada with a Ruby Award. In 2014 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada, and a Companion of the Order of the British Empire in 2017. He appeared on a Canadian postage stamp honouring Canadians in opera.
He performs with all the major orchestras of the world, in oratorio and symphonic repertoire, notably the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, London Symphony, the Concertgebouw, and the Berlin Philharmonic. With the London Philharmonic his CD “Arias in English” won the 2011 Juno Award.
With Hyperion Records his solo recital releases include a Gramophone Magazine Award winning CD of Schumann's Dichterliebe, and two further Gramophone Awards for Songs by Samuel Barber, and Britten’s Songs and Proverbs, all with Julius Drake. He has been twice nominated as Gramophone's Artist of the Year in 2006 and 2009.
Features of last season included concerts and recitals in Europe with Sir Antonio Pappano. He sang Guillaume Tell at the Met and Munich, Michonnet in Adriana Lecouvreur at Covent Garden and Amfortas in Vienna. He recently was artist in residence at the Barbican in London, with concerts of a new work "True Fire" by Kaija Saariaho and a performance of Dr. Atomic conducted by the composer John Adams. He sang the title role of Lear at the 2017 Salzburg Festival. This season, he made his stage debut as Iago in Munich, followed by performances in Toronto and Japan. He also sang Bluebeard at the Met in his role debut. He is a visiting Professor and Fellow at the Royal College of Music and gives masterclasses whenever his performing schedule allows.