Zach Finkelstein is, according to The Collaborative Piano Blog, “one of the strongest advocates for the artist in society and their never-ending challenge to make an honest living.” He is the founder, editor, and lead writer of the website, The Middleclass Artist (middleclassartist.com), an independent journalism site for artists and arts advocacy that has been praised by Alex Ross of The New Yorker for its “assiduously well-informed” and “keen reporting.” Mr. Finkelstein has performed as a concert and opera soloist for the past nine years, from New York’s Lincoln Center to London’s Sadler’s Wells. Lauded by Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times as a “compelling tenor,” his stage credits include the New York City Opera, Opera Grand Rapids, and the Pacific Northwest Ballet (tenor soloist in Carmina Burana). Over the past five years, Mr. Finkelstein has sung 32 performances of Handel’s Messiah with 14 different orchestras. Recently, he toured with the Spanish new music opera, Comala, with the Zohn Collective, performing in centers from Guadalajara, Mexico to Chicago. He released his first album, Britten and Pears: the Canticles, in 2017 and is releasing his second album this summer. In his dual career, Mr. Finkelstein also works as a research manager for Innovative Research Group, a Canadian public affairs and corporate communication firm. He 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.