News and reviews
October 18, 2010
EMI will be issuing a recording of Rossini's opera Guillaume Tell made during the three performances of the opera this month at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome with Gerald Finley, John Osborn, and Malin Byström, conducted by Antonio Pappano, reports an article in Spanish at abc.es.
August 25, 2010
Anna Nicole--The Opera "is due to be broadcast on BBC4 [television] in early 2011 but it's unknown if a U.S. network will pick it up."--newsfeed.time.com
Chandos releases Gerald Finley Arias on their Opera in English label in February.
A couple of videos of Gerald Finley as Papageno that simonkeenlyside.info says were in 1995 performances of Die Zauberfloete at Amsterdam, have recently been posted at youtube:
6:22 minutes video. Ralph Vaughan Williams. Fantasia on Christmas Carols. Part 1. Conductor Vladimir Yurowsky. Gerald Finley (bass-baritone). Orchestra and choir of the Bolshoi theater (Russia). Cello solo - Boris Lifanovsky. December 22, 2008. Great hall of the Moscow conservatory.
Doctor Atomic at the Metropolitan Opera, New York
January 21, 2008
And the Saturday night January 26 performance, 8 p.m. Boston time, is to be broadcast over wcrb.com.
October 29, 2007
Gerald Finley now has his own website, at geraldfinley.com.
About the 18 October recital at Wigmore Hall:
The website geraldfinley.info reports: "This performance was recorded for a Wigmore Hall Live CD."
"Gerald Finley is one of the few baritones before the public today with whom it's virtually impossible to find fault. "--Keith McDonnell, musicomh.com
August 15, 2007
John Adams's Doctor Atomic will have its New York premiere at the Metropolitan Opera on October 13, 2008--marking the first time an opera by Adams will be performed at the Met--and then appear at ENO in February 2009, reports broadwayworld.com. "Gerald Finley will sing the role of Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer in both New York and London, reprising his acclaimed portrayal of the title role."
A new website devoted to Gerald Finley has been begun at geraldfinley.info.
Pelleas et Melisande, Royal Opera, Covent Garden
"The finest singing of the evening came from Gerald Finley as Golaud, who managed to put across all the inner torment and jealousy of the character by voice alone, which was no mean feat. Angelika Kirchschlager sang sensuously as Melisande but Simon Keenlyside sounded out of sorts as Pelleas -- but then can you blame him? Young George Longworth was the best Yniold I've ever seen, and there was reliable support from the veteran bass Robert Lloyd as Arkel. The audience cheered the singers and conductor to the rafters, and booed the production team. A discerning audience if ever I heard one."--Keith McDonnell, musicomh.com, reviewing May 11 performance
"The serious disappointment of the production is considerably lessened by a nearly exemplary musical performance. The Royal Opera could not have fielded a more perfect cast for these performances. Angelika Kirchschlager is a delicate but passionate Melisande; Gerald Finley an outstanding Golaud, portraying the character's bewilderment at the unfolding events; and Simon Keenlyside both heroic and lyrical as Pelleas, his impeccable French reminding us too of his exceptional linguistic skills."--Dominic McHugh, musicalcriticism.com
"The outstanding performer, at least in vocal terms, is Gerald Finley as Golaud. When he is singing there is no need to look up at the surtitles, as every word is crystal clear, sung with meaning and on a stream of beautiful, liquid tone.
"As his younger brother Pell�as, Simon Keenlyside is less verbally clear but gets beneath the skin of the character to find a strange layer of immaturity and preciousness. (I wondered if he and Finley might have been cast round the other way, with the youthful-sounding Finley as Pell�as and Keenlyside bringing his dramatic insight to the murky depths of Golaud.)"--Richard Fairman, ft.com
"As Golaud, Gerald Finley is tremendous, his voice a raft of sound, a safe place."--Kate Kellaway, The Observer, at guardian.co.uk
"Gerald Finley suggests he could be a great Golaud in a serious staging. Canadian-born, he has near-immaculate French and his darker, bass-baritonal timbre contrasts well with the more lyrical-sounding Keenlyside."--Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times, at timesonline.co.uk
11, 14, 16, 19, 21,
and 23 May 2007
10, 13, 17m, 19, 23, 25, 27, 29 June 2007; 01m July 2007
De Nederlandse Opera,
Doctor Atomic, by John Adams
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