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April 3, 2019

This week, I sat down with Oliver Camacho and the team at Opera Box Score, Chicago's classical talk radio station on WNUR FM 89.3. We discussed the business side of opera singing, the kinds of opportunities available to a singer in year one of their career, and the cha...

March 15, 2019

In honor of tax time, here's some scary singer math. 

I make my living primarily by travelling as a professional tenor soloist 4-5 months a year to perform with symphonies, choruses, and chamber orchestras.

The gross (very important word) fees are great compared to lo...

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My name is Zach Finkelstein, and I'm a 34-year old classical tenor living a comfortable, fulfilling middle-class life in Seattle with my wife Devora. 


My primary career is music: I am a leading professional concert and operatic tenor in North America, particularly in the works of Bach, Mozart and Handel. For the past seven years, I've sung as a soloist all over the world, from Boston to Beijing. 


I also work remotely as a senior public affairs and strategy consultant: I analyze and advise on Canadian election campaigns as well as in the transportation, energy, education, media, healthcare, food and beverage, non-profit, and governmental sectors. 


The goal of this blog is to minimize the "starving" part of the "starving artist", by creating a toolkit that any artist can use to have a chance at a successful career. I’ll cover topics from business development to marketing to budgeting and accounting to personal finance to life on the road. As I get deeper into the process, it will include audio interviews with industry professionals including agents, directors, and working artists in all fields.

Singing great is necessary, but not sufficient. You need real world skills to survive.

Britten and Pears:

the Canticles

available now on iTunes

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