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.
In the 2017/18 season he has made debuts with Polish National Opera, conducting Mariusz Trelinksi’s award winning production of Korngold’s Die tote Stadt, and with Scottish Opera, and leading Joe-Hill Gibbons’ critically acclaimed co-production of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Greek at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow. Plans for the 2018 season include making his debut with Korean National Opera in Seoul, where he will conduct a new production of Hansel and Gretel, and returning to Warsaw for a further revival of Die tote Stadt. He will also assist on projects for Deutsche Staatsoper, Berlin, and for Opera North, as well as returning to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
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 - Opera Magazine has praised his 'exemplary clarity and real dramatic zest'; The Independent his ability to 'find the distinct sonic world of each score...drawing brutally precise and expressive playing'.
On the concert stage he has given performances with the RTE Concert Orchestra, the Dartington Festival Orchestra, and the Shadwell Ensemble. He has also assisted on projects with the Orchestre Radio France, Berner Symphonieorchester and BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Finnegan graduated with distinction from both Cambridge University and with the prestigious DipRAM form the Royal Academy of Music. He has since worked as an assistant conductor and coach for some of the world's foremost opera companies, including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Opernhaus Zürich, Bayerische Staatsoper and the Salzburg Festspiele, benefitting particularly from close musical relationships with Richard Baker, Thomas Adès and Simone Young.
He was an International Opera Awards Foundation recipient for 2015/16, a Samling Artist for 2014/15 and 2015/16 and in 2017 was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM). He is represented by Henry Lindsay and Gaetan Le Divelec at Askonas Holt.