Performance Thursday, February 13, 2014 | 7:30 PM

Gerald Finley
Julius Drake

Zankel Hall
"Recognized as a recitalist of rare versatility, a concert artist of the first rank, and an opera singer of distinction in a broad repertory" (The New York Times), Gerald Finley has become one of the leading singers and dramatic interpreters of his generation. With award-winning recordings and performances in the world’s major opera houses and concert venues, the baritone brings his vocal talents and inspiring versatility to an unforgettable recital at Carnegie Hall.


  • Gerald Finley, Baritone
  • Julius Drake, Piano


  • SCHUBERT Winterreise

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately 90 minutes with no intermission. Please note that there will be no late seating.



  • Gerald Finley

    Grammy Award-winning Canadian baritone Gerald Finley has become one of the leading singers and dramatic interpreters of his generation, with acclaimed performances and recordings on CD and DVD with major labels and appearances at the world's major opera and concert venues in a wide variety of repertoire.

    In opera, Mr. Finley's Don Giovanni has been seen in New York, London, Paris, Salzburg, Munich, Rome, Vienna, Prague, Tel Aviv, Budapest, and Glyndebourne. As Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, his appearances include the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Salzburg Festival (2007 and 2009); Paris; Vienna; and Amsterdam. This past season, he made his debut as Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte at the Salzburg Festival. At the Metropolitan Opera, his roles have included Don Giovanni, Count Almaviva, Golaud (Pelléas et Mélisande), and Marcello (La bohème).

    Critical successes also include Eugene Onegin and Golaud at Covent Garden, Iago in Otello with Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra, the title role in William Tell with Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Sir Antonio Pappano, and his debut performances as Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Glyndebourne Festival. In contemporary opera, Mr. Finley has excelled in creating leading roles, most notably Howard K. Stern in Mark-Anthony Turnage's Anna Nicole (Covent Garden); J. Robert Oppenheimer in John Adams's Doctor Atomic (Met Opera, English National Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and De Nederlandse Opera); Harry Heegan in Turnage's The Silver Tassie (English National Opera); and Jaufré Rudel in Kaija Saariaho's L'amour de loin for the much-acclaimed premieres in Santa Fe, Paris, and Helsinki.

    His recent concert appearances included Chou En-lai in Nixon in China with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms 2012, Brahms's Ein deutsches Requiem with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, a tour of Schoenberg's A Survivor from Warsaw with Andris Nelsons and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn with the Czech Philharmonic, Handel's Alexander's Feast under the baton of Nikolaus Harnoncourt at Vienna's Musikverein, and Lutosławski's Les espaces du sommeil with the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen.

    Mr. Finley's many solo CD releases have been devoted to songs of Barber, Ives, Ravel, and Schumann. Along with pianist Julius Drake, his recordings have been widely celebrated, including an unprecedented third Gramophone Award for Britten's Songs and Proverbs of William Blake.

    Mr. Finley's 2013-2014 concert season includes a tour of Berlioz's Roméo et Juliette with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Il prigioniero with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Haydn's Creation with the London Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and a Mahler tour with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. On the opera stage, he makes his role debut as Amfortas in Parsifal at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where he will return later in the season as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro. He can also be seen as Forester in The Cunning Little Vixen at the Vienna State Opera and as Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro at the Bavarian State Opera.

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  • Julius Drake

    Pianist Julius Drake lives in London and specializes in the field of chamber music, working with many of the world's leading artists, both in recital and on disc. He has appeared at all the world's major music centers. In recent seasons, he has performed at the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Munich, Salzburg, Schubertiade, and Tanglewood festivals; New York's Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center; Amsterdam's Concertgebouw; Cologne's Philharmonie; Paris's Théâtre du Châtelet and Musée de Louvre; Vienna's Musikverein and Konzerthaus; and London's Wigmore Hall and BBC Proms.

    Director of the Perth International Chamber Music Festival in Australia from 2000-2003, Mr. Drake was also musical director of Deborah Warner's staging of Janáček's Diary of One Who Disappeared, touring to Munich, London, Dublin, Amsterdam, and New York. In 2009, he was appointed artistic director of the Machynlleth Festival in Wales.

    Mr. Drake's passionate interest in song has led to invitations to curate song series for Wigmore Hall, the BBC, and the Concertgebouw. A series of song recitals-Julius Drake and Friends-in London's historic Middle Temple Hall has featured performances with many outstanding vocal artists, including Thomas Allen, Olaf Bär, Ian Bostridge, Angelika Kirchschlager, Sergei Leiferkus, Dame Felicity Lott, Katarina Karnéus, Simon Keenlyside, Christopher Maltman, Mark Padmore, Christoph Prégardien, Amanda Roocroft, and Willard White.

    Mr. Drake's many recordings include a widely acclaimed series with Gerald Finley for Hyperion, which earned the pair three Gramophone Awards; award-winning recordings with Ian Bostridge for EMI; recitals for the Wigmore Live label, including collaborations with Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Matthew Polenzani, Joyce DiDonato, and Alice Coote, among others; recordings of Tchaikovsky and Mahler with Christianne Stotijn for Onyx; and English song with Bejun Mehta for Harmonia Mundi.

    Mr. Drake is now embarking on a major project to record the complete songs of Franz Liszt for Hyperion; the second disc in the series, with Angelika Kirchschlager, won the BBC Music Magazine Award for 2012.

    Highlights in his present schedule include a tour of the US and Canada with Gerald Finley, a series of four Schumann concerts at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, a tour of Japan with Ian Bostridge and Angelika Kirchschlager, recordings with Sarah Connolly and Katarina Karnéus, recitals in his own series at Middle Temple Hall, and a major series entitled Julius Drake: Perspectives to mark 30 years of his performances at London's Wigmore Hall.

    Mr. Drake is also a committed teacher and is regularly invited to give master classes. He is a professor at Graz University of Music and Performing Arts in Austria.

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Schumann's Liederkreis, Op. 39 ("Mondnacht")
Gerald Finley, Baritone | Julius Drake, Piano

At a Glance

One of Franz Schubert's greatest masterpieces is his mammoth song cycle (a succession of 24 songs) entitled Winterreise, or Winter Journey, composed in 1827 on poems by a Prussian poet named Wilhelm Müller (1794-1827). In this bleakly beautiful confrontation with ultimate things, a wayfarer who has been rejected in love goes on a quest through the wintry landscape of his soul in search of reasons for his difference from other human beings.

Along the way, he ponders the nature of his journey—a symbol of life itself from Homer on—and heroically but unsuccessfully attempts to put aside his grief in order to continue living. He is tempted by inner voices proffering death in the fifth song ("The Linden Tree") but never attempts suicide, although he longs for death with increasing fervor as the journey continues. Throughout, he probes his inner self for answers to his questions about existence, and the questions finally lead to a grim epiphany in the 20th song ("The Signpost"), in which he recognizes a stark and awful fate. At the end, he sees himself in the hallucinatory image of a hurdy-gurdy player, grinding away at his instrument despite the fact that no one can hear him.

In early 19th-century Europe, songs were generally considered to be trifles intended for amateur music making at home. Schubert, his ambitions monumental from the start, would not have it that way and composed two song cycles on poetry by Müller (Die schöne Müllerin, or The Beautiful Miller Maid of 1823 is the other), whose depth and breadth are audible to all with ears, eyes, and hearts. Never again would anyone be able to say that "song" was not the equal of symphonies, operas, or string quartets in profundity.
Program Notes


Gerald Finley and Julius Drake discuss the power and beauty of Schubert's Winterreise.

This concert and the Pure Voice series are sponsored by the Jean & Jula Goldwurm Memorial Foundation in memory of Jula Goldwurm.