Rosedale is proud to have young tenor Zach Finkelstein for Love...Actually on Feb 9. (His bio below can be found at www.zachfinkelstein.com)
Recently hailed by Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times as a “compelling tenor,” American-Canadian Zach Finkelstein 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. In the five years since Zach left his political consulting career, he has performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Sadler's Wells, Lincoln Center, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the New York City Center.
In the 2013-2014 season, Zach tours Satie's monodrama Socrates- “beautifully sung”, according to the Daily Telegraph- and Beethoven's The Muir in London, UK and Seattle, WA with the Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG). Zach will also sing Damon in their coast-to-coast tour of Acis and Galatea with Nic McGegan conducting the Philharmonia Baroque in Berkeley, CA and the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston, MA. Other 2013-2014 engagements include Zach's Chicago debut with Nicholas Kraemer's 'Music of the Baroque'; Arvo Pärt's 'Stabat Mater' with the Art of Time Ensemble in Toronto; Handel's Messiah with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony; Mozart's 'C-Minor Mass' at Seattle's Benaroya Hall with the Northwest Chamber Chorus; and Mozart's 'Coronation Mass' and 'Missa Brevis' with Jordan de Souza's Ottawa Choral Society. As a recitalist, this season Zach will perform five separate programs across North America: in Seattle with Dan Anastasio, Vancouver with Wen Wen Du, Toronto with Rachel Andrist and two programs of Britten music in New York with harpist Tomina Parvanova.
In the 2012-13 season he also toured Socrates and The Muir with the Mark Morris Dance Group in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Purchase, NY, Princeton and Fairfax, VA. Previous MMDG engagements include productions of Stravinsky’s Renard at Lincoln Center and Thomson’s Four Saints in Three Acts. Other concert engagements in 2012-13 included premieres of new works for tenor and orchestra by Prix de Rome winner Jesse Jones and John Liberatore with the Cornell Festival Orchestra and Rochester Sinfonietta; the Mozart Requiem with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Bach Magnificat and Saint-Saëns' Weihnachtsoratorium with the Toronto Classical Singers, Bach Cantata 60 with Metropolitan Opera conductor Matt Aucoin's 'Encounters Ensemble' in Boston, MA , and Messiahs with both the Ontario Philharmonic and Julian Wachner's Trinity Wall Street in New York at Lincoln Center.
This summer, Zach sang Sir Phillip Wingrave/Narrator in Banff Opera's production of Owen Wingrave, conducted by Guildhall's Dominic Wheeler, and performed Britten art song as a Britten Pears Young Artist in Aldeburgh, UK under the tutelage of Ian Bostridge. A Vocal Fellow for two summers at Tanglewood, he was singled out as a "remarkable tenor" for his performances in Knussen’s Higglety Pigglety Pop! at the Festival of Contemporary Music.
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. John Terauds, music critic for the Toronto Star, recently profiled Zach as one of Toronto's “great tenors” on MusicalToronto.org. In their Summer 2013 issue, Opera Canada also profiled Zach as an 'Artist On Stage' and have reviewed him previously as a “lovely light tenor”.
Mr. Finkelstein is currently signed 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. He studies privately with Lorna Macdonald in Toronto, Canada.