International Mezzo-soprano Linda Finnie was born and educated in Scotland, graduating from the RSAMD in Glasgow with two DRSAMD diplomas in singing, performer and teacher. Whilst a student she was awarded all the major singing prizes of the academy, which included the Lieder Prize and Governors’ Recital Prize. She was also the recipient of a Countess of Munster Scholarship, two Sir James Caird Scholarships, the John Noble Bursary from Scottish Opera and the Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Award London, culminating in gaining full international recognition as the winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Prize at the International Vocalisten Concour ‘s-Hertogenbosch Netherlands.
Linda has performed in all the major opera houses of the world, most significantly at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, English National Opera, Bayreuth Festival and Tokyo Opera House and Arts’ Centre, and with the world’s most eminent conductors’ in concerts and recordings in the finest concert halls of the world eg Royal Albert Hall, Musikverein Vienna, Heinze Hall Chicago.
Highlights from her distinguished career to date include performances at English National Opera, Amneris / Aida, Ulrica / Ballo in Maschera, Eboli / Don Carlos and Ortrud/ Lohengrin, and memorable performances of Fricka, 2nd Norn, Siegrune in the Barenboim/Kupfer Ring Cycle at the Bayreuth Festival which culminated in award-winning recordings and DVDs. Also inaugural performances at the Tokyo Opera House and Arts Centre of the late Wolfgang Wagner’s production of Lohengrin in the role of Ortrud, and eight performances of Mahler Das Lied von der Erde with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim.
Various recordings from her diverse discography are frequently broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. Her most recent recording made in 2011 during her debut at the Bridgewater Hall Manchester, was in a concert performance of Die Walkure, singing the role of Schwertleite with the Halle Orchestra conducted by Sir Mark Elder.
Linda regularly works on repertoire with Royal Opera House music staff /David Syrus and Paul Griffiths, and Byron Knutson at the Komische Oper in Berlin. She was delighted to give a performance of Korngold/ Abchieds Lieder with Israeli pianist Michael Tsalka making her debut at the Casa dei Mezzo International Music festival Crete, having recorded these songs with the late Sir Edward Downes and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.
Recent new musical associations, have included performances of Mahler/ Lieder eines fahrenden gesellen and Wagner/Wesendonk Lieder, at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with the Glasgow Sinfonia conducted by Gerry Doherty, Mahler/ Kindertotenlieder with the Edinburgh Symphony in historic Greyfriars Kirk Edinburgh, Beethoven/ Missa Solemnis and Holst/ Cloud Messenger with the Tonbridge Philharmonic Society conducted by Matthew Willis in Tonbridge School Chapel, and Mozart Requiem , Verdi Requiem with the Lord Williams Festival Chorus and Reading Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Gibbons in Thame Oxfordshire. Future engagements next season will include a performance of Wagner/Wesendonk Lieder with the Edinburgh Symphony, and an oratorio performance to be announced with the Edinburgh Bach Choir. Linda can be heard on a new 2017 promotional demo CD accompanied by distinguished musician John Gibbons.
Linda Finnie is recognised as one of the finest artists of her generation, and is represented by Connaught Artists.