I was thrilled to be invited to share in a bulk purchase of tickets to see Gerald Finley at the Westben Arts Festival yesterday. He's a high school classmate who has gone on to the highest levels in his art, one of the leading bass-baritones in the world.
At just over two hours from Toronto, we left mid-morning and picnicked in the lovely gardens/meadow. A pre-show chat led by Iain Scott of U of Ts opera school introduced the sold-out house to both Gerry and the repertoire he'd be performing: mainly arias from operas through the ages.
He was joined on stage by his cousin Brian Finley who is the founder and artistic director at Westben, and a superb pianist.
I'll attach a copy of the program. A wonderful afternoon, Gerry sang from 2 to 4:45 with an intermission.