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Order of Canada
Gerald Hunter Finley, O.C.
Tunbridge Wells, Kent [United Kingdom]
Officer of the Order of Canada
Awarded on May 8, 2014; Invested on November 18, 2015
For his achievements as an internationally renowned opera singer and cultural ambassador for our nation.
Baritone Gerald Finley stands in the first rank of the world’s classical musicians. His vocal talents and dramatic interpretations have taken him to opera houses and concert halls around the globe and have earned him great international acclaim. Known for his versatility, he has sung all the major baritone roles of Mozart, excelled as a recitalist, and brought leading roles in contemporary opera to life, notably that of J. Robert Oppenheimer in Doctor Atomic. Always mindful of his roots, he returns often to Canada to perform and to share his passion for the stage with emerging artists.