Having stepped into the role of Mr September for our Opera Offstage calendar back in 2013, internationally acclaimed Grammy award-winning baritone Gerald Finley will once again be showing his support for musicians across the UK as he scales Kilimanjaro this August.
Joined by his two sons, Gerald is aiming to raise an incredible £10k.
He says: “I have been very fortunate to scale the heights of music mountains such as Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger, Oppenheimer in Doctor Atomic and also Winterreise, as well as having wonderful new music written for me. It seemed an appropriate moment and a natural choice to take on Kilimanjaro, acknowledging the help of and thanking those colleagues who have aided my musical treks.
I know that Help Musicians UK have been key in supporting those who find themselves with challenges. We musicians don't often qualify for straightforward assistance; Help Musicians UK can be there in the tough times. Please help them make a difference to those whose talents need support in difficult circumstances. Give me a tune/song/aria to sing while climbing, to keep the breathing and rhythm strong...!”
Born in Montreal, he’s one of the leading singers and dramatic interpreters of his generation with award-winning performances and recordings on CD and DVD with major labels. He’s performed at the world’s major opera and concert venues in a wide variety of repertoire including all major Mozart baritone roles, J. Robert Oppenheimer in John Adam’s Doctor Atomic (New York Met, ENO London, San Francisco, Chicago and Amsterdam) and Howard K. Stern in Mark Anthony Turnage’s Anna Nicole at Covent Garden.
Before he leaves for his Kilimanjaro adventure he’ll be taking on the role of the The Forester at the Vienna State Opera House in Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen, which premieres on 18 June. Back in the UK, you’ll have the chance to wave him off either at his Wigmore Hall performance on Saturday 31 May or at Prom 14 on Sunday 27 July.