Gerald Finley, bass-baritone & Julius Drake, piano
Thursday, January 27, 7:30PM
Ordway Music Theater
Please join us before the performance for a pre-concert lecture by Mark Bilyeu. Lecture begins at 6:30pm.
About the Artists
Gerald Finley, one of the leading singers and dramatic interpreters of his generation, makes his International Artist Series debut in 2022. This Canadian bass-baritone boasts award-winning performances and recordings with major labels and performing at the world’s major opera and concert venues in a wide variety of repertoire. Recent awards include a Grammy for Best Opera Recording 2012 (Dr. Atomic from the Met) and Best Solo Vocal Recording for his recording of Britten Songs at the 2011 Classic FM Gramophone Awards for an unprecedented third time. In opera, Mr Finley’s work spans the major baritone roles of Mozart to Rossini, to creating leading roles in contemporary opera to huge acclaim. His work with orchestra in concert is equally prestigious. He has featured in recordings of Haydn, Handel, Brahms and Mozart, and in recent seasons, he has premiered new works written for him. As a recitalist, he works regularly with collaborative pianist Julius Drake, appearing throughout Europe and North America.
Pianist Julius Drake lives in London and enjoys an international reputation as one of the finest instrumentalists in his field, collaborating with many of the world’s leading artists, both in recital and on disc. He appears regularly at all the major music centres and festivals, and his passionate interest in song has led him not only to devise song series for the likes of Wigmore Hall and the BBC, but also his own series of song recitals, Julius Drake and Friends, which has featured many outstanding vocal artists including past Schubert Club guest artists like Christopher Maltman. The New Yorker has described him as the “collaborative pianist nonpareil”.