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Gerald Finley is appointed commander of the Order of the British Empire

Robert Rowat

Today in London, England, Canadian bass-baritone Gerald Finley was appointed a commander of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s 2017 Birthday Honours List.

"My fervent wish is to continue to share with the world the joy and wonder of music that already exists and of music that is yet to come,” said Finley in a press release.

The appointment recognizes not only his tremendous achievements in opera and as a recitalist and prolific recording artist, but also his commitment to music education and charity work. He recently scaled Mt. Kilimanjaro for Help Musicians U.K.

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Born in Montreal, Finley did his early musical training in Ottawa before enrolling in the Royal College of Music and King's College, Cambridge. He remains based in the U.K.

Recent career highlights include Amfortas in Wagner’s Parsifal at Vienna Staatsoper and a new album of Sibelius Songs, In the Stream of Life, released in January on Chandos.

Finley makes his highly anticipated role debut as Scarpia in Puccini’s Tosca, singing opposite fellow Canadian Adrianne Pieczonka in the title role, at the Royal Opera House in January 2018.

He was recently featured on a Canada Post stamp. A couple of years ago, he stopped by our studios to share seven things you don’t know about opera:

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