Happy Birthday Gerald Finley

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Screen Shot 2016-01-30 at 8.36.57 PMYesterday was Canadian baritone Gerald Finley’s birthday.  I know it doesn’t sound glamorous or complementary, unless we’re talking baseball and a pitcher.  The man’s a workhorse.  He also competent, with a beautiful voice.  Let’s put it this way.  He’s the guy who has a tendency to win recording awards.  One cool piece of trivia about him is that in August of 2014 he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, raising over $10,000 for charity.

Because this is also the birthday week of Mozart, it’s a good week to celebrate the baritone, who has a tendency to specialize in Mozart, when he isn’t doing something entirely new, risky, and exciting. He does a lot of modern opera.  We’ll start with my favorite, the Champagne Aria.

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