Gerald Finley, world-renowned Canadian baritone opera singer, returns to King’s for an exciting concert on Friday 25 October.
Finley received part of his musical training as a Choral Scholar at King’s College. He is delighted to be returning to King’s to sing with the Choir. "I love being in the Chapel which was such a special place for me in my early musical years."
He will perform the Duruflé Requiem, which is particularly special for him. "Recording this with Stephen Cleobury is one of my greatest memories...I love the fact that the work is based on plain song chant from the Requiem Service. It is a rare work from a wonderful composer and suits the Chapel’s wafting acoustic."
Finley is looking forward to joining another celebrated alumnus, tenor James Gilchrist, for the first time. They will perform Britten’s Cantata Misericordium. Finley chose this work, which he sang first in his youth in Ottawa, Canada.
"It made a big impression on me as it retells the story of the Good Samaritan, in tribute to the Red Cross which celebrates its 150th birthday this year. In this 100th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Britten, it is an ideal concert to present."
Finley is much in demand on the international stage. He is starting rehearsals at Covent Garden for Wagner’s Parsifal in the role of Amfortas, which has "wonderful music". Future plans include an American recital and the Marriage of Figaro at the Royal Opera House in the New Year.
Duruflé Requiem, Friday 25 October at 7.30pm, King’s College Chapel
Jennifer Johnston, James Gilchrist, Gerald Finley, King’s College Choir, Britten Sinfonia. Conductor: Stephen Cleobury.
Tickets £5-£35 from The Shop at King's (01223 7969340) or the online shop.