Zach Finkelstein

American-Canadian Zach Finkelstein has quickly established himself as a leading tenor soloist in North America and abroad, from Seattle’s Benaroya Hall to New York’s Lincoln Center to London’s Sadler’s Wells to the National Arts Center in Beijing, China. In the concert world, Zach is known for his “refined” and “elegant” (Vancouver Observer) interpretation of the works of Bach, Mozart and Handel, among others. In the past season, Zach has performed with the Seattle Symphony as the tenor soloist in the Mozart Requiem under Ludovic Morlot; a five-performance tour of Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium (his Evangelist “first among equals”, Vancouver Sun) conducted by Grammy-winner Stephen Stubbs with Early Music Vancouver, Victoria’s Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Portland Baroque and Seattle’s Pacific Music Works; Handel’s Messiah with Ben Rous’ Virginia Symphony; Bach’s Johannespassion with the Portland Baroque Orchestra; Handel’s Dettingen Te Deum and Haydn’s Missa in tempore belli with Jane Glover and the Music of the Baroque in Chicago; Handel’s Israel and Egypt with Orchestra Seattle; and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with the Bach Elgar Choir in Hamilton, Canada. This next season, Zach’s concert work includes 9 Messiahs with the Portland Baroque Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia and Rogue Valley Symphony, respectively, as well as performances of the Weihnachtsoratorium with the Victoria Symphony and Haydn’s Creation with the Toronto Mendelsohn Choir.
Recently hailed by Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times as a “compelling tenor,” he made his New York City Opera debut in April 2013 as Mambre in Rossini’s Mosè in Egitto, a production dubbed by Tommasini as one of the Top 10 classical events of 2013. Last season, Zach sang the role of Damon “with sensitivity and grace” (Boston Classical Review) in Acis and Galatea, performances conducted by Nicholas McGegan leading Philharmonia Baroque in Berkeley, CA as well as with the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston, MA. Mr. Finkelstein is also an evangelist for new and contemporary classical works, an oeuvre he discovered as a two-time Vocal Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival. Most recently in New York City, Zach premiered a new work Threshold for tenor and orchestra with the Argento Ensemble, a piece created specifically for Zach by Prix-de-Rome-winning composer Jesse Jones. The New York Times’ James Oestrich commended this “excellent” performance: “Zach Finkelstein negotiated Mr. Jones’s high tenor flights with aplomb”. Satie’s Socrate, a thirty-minute political monodrama for tenor and piano (“beautifully sung”, UK Daily Telegraph), has also become a signature piece for Mr. Finkelstein, toured regularly with the Mark Morris Dance Group across the United States as well as London, UK and a recent debut in Shenzhen and Beijing, China.
In the media, Zach has performed opera excerpts on CBC’s Saturday Afternoon at the Opera as well as Toronto’s Classical 96.3 FM and Seattle’s KING FM. Both Musical Toronto and Opera Canada Magazine have profiled Mr. Finkelstein as a singer to watch. A professional recording of Jones’ Threshold with the Argento Ensemble will be released in summer 2015 on the Innova Recordings label. Mr. Finkelstein is currently with Dean Artists Management and holds an Artist Diploma (Voice) from the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Glenn Gould School in Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Political Science from McGill University, in Montreal. As a young artist, Zach participated in the Tanglewood Music Festival, Banff Opera as Theatre, the International Vocal Arts Institute and the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme.

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