Gerald Finley

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

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."


2007-2009 entries


December 2009

Otello concert reviews
Andrew Clements,
Edward Seckerson, The Independent
Opera Britannia
What's on Stage

Chandos releases Gerald Finley Arias on their Opera in English label in February.

March 2009

A couple of videos of Gerald Finley as Papageno that says were in 1995 performances of Die Zauberfloete at Amsterdam, have recently been posted at youtube:

December 2008

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.

October 2008

Doctor Atomic at the Metropolitan Opera, New York

Cafe Aman
Elodie Lauten
Paul Pelkonen
Vincent Vargas

January 21, 2008

The Friday afternoon January 25 Boston Symphony Orchestra performance of The Dream of Gerontius can be heard over the internet at The performance begins at 1:30 p.m. Boston time.

And the Saturday night January 26 performance, 8 p.m. Boston time, is to be broadcast over

October 29, 2007

Gerald Finley now has his own website, at

October 2007

About the 18 October recital at Wigmore Hall:

The website 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,

mad musings of me

Hilary Finch, The Times

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 "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

May 2007

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,, 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,


"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,


"As Golaud, Gerald Finley is tremendous, his voice a raft of sound, a safe place."--Kate Kellaway, The Observer, at


"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


Links to more reviews at Keenlyside Pelleas page


11, 14, 16, 19, 21, and 23 May 2007

Pelleas et Melisande is given a new production [at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden,] from May 11, and the fantastic news is that Simon Rattle is returning home to conduct. Gerald Finley (Golaud), Simon Keenlyside (Pelleas) and Angelika Kirchschlager (M�lisande) make up the dream cast."--Dominic McHugh,


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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