Song Recital

Gerald Finley, Bass-baritone
Julius Drake, Piano

Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828)
Songs on texts by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Friedrich Rückert & Ernst Schulze
Francis Poulenc (1899 – 1963)
"Le Bestiaire" on texts by Guillaume Apollinaire
Maurice Ravel (1875 – 1937)
"Histoires naturelles" on texts by Jules Renard
Mark-Anthony Turnage (* 1960)
"Three Songs" on texts by Stevie Smith, Thomas Hardy & Walt Whitman
Benjamin Britten (1913 – 1976)
"The Red Cockatoo" on a text by Arthur Waley & weitere Lieder

Gerald Finley
Photo: Sim Canetti Clarke
Julius Drake
Photo: Marco Borggreve

Canadian Bass-baritone Gerald Finley is one of the leading operatic and song interpreters of his generation. This year, the Wiesbaden International May Festival is excited to welcome this renowned performer both to the operatic and concert stages: in his famed tole as Count Almaviva in “Le nozze di Figaro”, as well as in a song recital with celebrated pianist Julius Drake. They will present a programme bridging the gap between the romantic origins of Schubert’s art songs and the compositions of the 20th century.

Finley and Drake’s long-standing artistic partnership has led to many recordings and Grammy Awards.


Bass-baritone Gerald Finley
Piano Julius Drake