Linda Finnie – mezzo soprano

“One of the finest artists of her generation”.

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Linda Finnie

Polyphony Arts is delighted to present internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Linda Finnie, who is available for concert and oratorio performances globally.

Linda Finnie was born and educated in Scotland. After studying at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow she went on to capture the prestigious Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Award in London. Only three years later she came to full international prominence when she achieved the Kathleen Ferrier Prize at the International Vocal Competition ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands. 

“Linda Finnie sings as one who walks naturally in the Ferrier tradition.”

Within only a few years Linda had made her debut at a number of major international opera companies including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, English National Opera, the Frankfurt Oper and Nice where she sang Waltraute in Die Götterdämmerung, a performance that established her as a new star in the Wagnerian repertory.

She made her first appearance at Bayreuth under the direction of Daniel Barenboim, singing Fricka, Siegrune, and the Second Norn in a new production of the Ring cycle, performances which were issued as award-winning recordings on both CD and DVD. She went on to appear in the late Wolfgang Wagner’s production of Lohengrin.

She performed many times with Barenboim, their musical collaboration on Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the Israel Philharmonic being one of the more memorable highlights of their musical collaboration.

Other highlights from her distinguished career to date on both the concert hall stage and in the operatic repertoire include inaugural performances at the Tokyo Opera House and Arts Centre of Ortrud and performances of Mahler’s Symphony 2 with the St Petersburg Philharmonic, conducted by Mariss Jansons.

“Linda Finnie [Amneris]… made a vivid impact through the gleaming, incisive precision of her dramatically characterised singing and her sharply profiled emotional conviction.”

Recordings from Linda’s extensive and diverse discography can frequently be heard on Radio 3 and Classical FM, her most recent recording was made during her debut performance at the Bridgewater Hall Manchester, with Sir Mark Elder and the Halle , singing the role of Schwertleite in a concert performance of Die Walküre.

Other recordings span Beethoven’s “Choral” Symphony under Kurt Sanderling, Gluck Armide, Prokoviev Alexander Nevsky, Mendelssohn Elijah with Sir Richard Hickox, Mahler Kindertotenlieder and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, and Elgar  Sea Pictures and Music Makers. She has also recorded several song recitals on the Chandos label.

Recent concerts south of the border have included performances of Beethoven Missa Solmenis, Elgar Dream of Gerontious, and the Verdi Requiem. Whilst, in her native Scotland, Linda most recently brought her unique presence to the Bach B Minor Mass with the Edinburgh Bach Choir, Elgar Sea Pictures with Glasgow Sinfonia, and Mahler Kindertotenlieder, and Ravel Sheherazade with Edinburgh Symphony.

“Linda Finnie’s singing is sheer heaven.”

Oratorio Repertoire

Linda’s extensive oratorio repertoire covers all the major works from Bach to Boulanger.

A list of the works offered together with her full repertoire can be found here.

Concert Repertoire.

Mahler

  • Das Lied von der Erde
  • Kindertotenlieder
  • Lieder eines fahrenden gesellen
  • Das Knaben Wundern liedee
  • Das Klagende lied
  • Ruckert Lieder
  • Symphonies 2,3 and 8

Other

  • Berlioz Les Nuits d’été
  • Brahms Alto Rhapsody
  • Chausson  Poem de l’amour et de la mer
  • Diepenbrock Vol 2 Symphonic Songs
  • Elgar Sea Pictures
  • Korngold Abschiedslieder
  • Prokofiev Alexander Nevsky
  • Ravel Sheherazade
  • Respighi Il Tramonto
  • Strauss Notturno
  • Wagner Wesendonk Lieder
  • Zemlinsky6 Maeterlink Songs Op13

Recital Programmes.

Schumann

  • Frauenliebe und Leben
  • Maria Stuart Lieder OP 135

Brahms

  • Vier ernste Gesänge Op 121
  • Gestillte Sehnsucht OP 91 (with viola and piano)
  • Geistliches Wiegenlied OP 91 ( with viola and piano)

Mahler Lieder (with piano)

  • Kindertotenlieder
  • Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
  • Ruckert Lieder
  • Das Knaben Wunderhorn Lieder

Berlioz

  • Les Nuits d’été

Other composers include Sibelius, Wolf, Strauss, Britten and Holst. Also selections of traditional British folk songs and other songs by modern British composers.

Playlist

Vivaldi Introduzione al Gloria R639  Jubilate, o amonei chori Number 68.

Vivaldi Magnificat R611 Esurientes Number 81.

Mendelssohn O Rest in the Lord. Number 9.

Mary Plumstead Close Thine Eyes Number 123.

Respighi, Il Tramonto

Track Number 2 Prokofiev Alexander Nevsky  Field of the Dead.

Eboli Don Carlo

Verdi Requiem-G with Claudio Abbado III-Liber scriptus