Born in London, Finnegan is a young conductor who is increasingly recognised for the maturity and intensity of his performances, bringing clarity and vitality to the most challenging of scores.
After graduating with distinction from Cambridge University and the Royal Academy of Music, he worked as an assistant conductor for the world’s foremost opera companies – the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Opernhaus Zürich, Bayerische Staatsoper, Wiener Staatsoper, Staatsoper Berlin and the Salzburger Festspiele – and with conductors including Simone Young, Thomas Adès, Daniel Harding, Matthias Pintsher and Richard Baker.
Recent highlights include debuts with Polish National Opera, conducting Mariusz Trelinksi’s award winning production of Korngold’s Die tote Stadt; with Scottish Opera, leading Joe-Hill Gibbons’ critically acclaimed co- production of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Greek; with Korea National Opera, conducting Christian Pade’s new production of Hänsel und Gretel, and with Deutsche Oper am Rhein (Hänsel und Gretel), where he will return this season.
2020 also sees him debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, conducting new productions of Britten The Turn of the Screw and Gerald Barry Alice’s Adventures Underground. Further engagements in the coming seasons include at Staatsoper Berlin, Oper Frankfurt, the Royal Swedish Opera and the Tiroler Festspiele.
On the concert platform, the 2018/19 season saw him debut with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Resonanz, BBC Concert Orchestra, RTÉ Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the Slovak State Philharmonic. Future plans include first appearances with the Luxembourg Philharmonic, Klangforum Wien, and with the New Japan Philharmonic.
As Music Director of the award-winning company Shadwell Opera, he collaborates with the UK’s finest young singers and instrumentalists, bringing stagings of seminal twentieth-century and contemporary works to new audiences. His performances with Shadwell Opera have received consistent acclaim in the national and international press – among them works by Benjamin, Maxwell Davies, Turnage. Schoenberg and Stravinsky. This autumn, Shadwell Opera will tour with its orchestra to the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, for the Russian premiere of Oliver Knussen Where the Wild Things Are.
In 2017, Finnegan was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.
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