A guest master class by Artist Recital Series guest Gerald Finley, baritone.
Canadian bass baritone Gerald Finley is one of the leading singers and dramatic interpreters of his generation, with award-winning performances and recordings on CD and DVD with major labels and performing at the world’s major opera and concert venues in a wide variety of repertoire. His recent awards include a Grammy for Best Opera Recording 2012 (Dr. Atomic from the Met) and Best Solo Vocal Recording for his CD of Britten Songs (Hyperion) at the 2011 Classic FM Gramophone Awards for an unprecedented third time. This followed the same award in 2009 for Schumann's Heine settings as well as in 2008 for his CD on Hyperion of Songs by Samuel Barber. He was honoured at the 2009 Opera News Awards for distinguished achievement. His active relationship with leading conductors including Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Sir Simon Rattle, Bernard Haitink, Alan Gilbert, Mariss Jansons, Esa Pekka Salonen and Sir Antonio Pappano, has been part of a flourishing career.
In opera, Mr Finley has sung all the major baritone roles of Mozart. His Don Giovanni has been seen in New York, London, Paris, Rome, Vienna, Prague, Tel Aviv, Glyndebourne and Budapest, and recently at the festivals of Salzburg and Munich. As Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, his appearances include the Royal Opera Covent Garden (Best Opera DVD 2008 - Midem), Salzburg Festival (2007, 2009), Paris, Amsterdam, with further appearances at the Metropolitan Opera New York, Vienna's Staatsoper and Munich's Bayerische Staatsoper. In recent years, acclaimed appearances have included returning to Toronto as Verdi's Falstaff, at Chicago Lyric Opera as Wolfram (Tannhäuser), at the Met as Nick Shadow with James Levine, in the title role of Rossini's Guillaume Tell at Covent Garden and as Hans Sachs at the Opera de Paris and Glyndebourne in two celebrated productions of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. This season he will sing two further productions of Guillaume Tell at the Met and in Munich, as Amfortas in a new production of Parsifal at the Vienna Staatsoper, and a role debut in Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur as Michonnet.