Giuseppe Finzi holds degrees in Piano from the Conservatorio N. Piccinni - Bari, in Orchestra conducting, Chamber vocal music at Conservatorio G. Verdi - Milano and a Master in conducting at the Accademia Chigiana - Siena.

After a long experience in the music staff of the Teatro alla Scala, where he worked alongside Riccardo Muti and the most important names of the international scene, he made his debut in 2003 with Tosca at the Teatro Rendano-Cosenza, which was followed by productions of La TraviataL'Elisir d'amoreMadama ButterflyRigolettoCarmen and Così fan tutte (the latter at the Piccolo Teatro-Milano with the soloists and the orchestra of the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala).

His debut with La Bohèmein 2008 marks the beginning of his relationship with the San Francisco Opera, where he has conducted performances of AidaTurandotEntführung aus dem SerailFaustLa Fanciulla del WestCarmen, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, La Traviata, Rigoletto as well as new productions of Il Barbiere di SivigliaLa Bohème. In 2011 he was appointed Resident conductor of the Company, position held until 2015.

In 2012 Carmen at the Deutsche Oper Berlin marked his German debut and the beginning of an international career followed by The Nutcracker and L’elisir d’amore at the Teatro San Carlo-Naples, new productions of Idomeneo at the Theater Lübeck, Rigoletto at the Teatro Massimo-Palermo and Madama Butterfly at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Gran Teatre del Liceu of Barcelona, Turandot at the Bregenz Festival. 

Among his recent and future engagements: the opening of the season 2016 at the Korea National Opera with a new production of Les pêcheurs de perles, and the return the next year with I Pagliacci and Il tabarro,  Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville in occasion of the 200th anniversary of the premiere, La Traviata in Essen, a new production of Don Pasquale in San Francisco, as well as Nabucco at the Opéra Monte-Carlo, La fille du régiment in Barcelona and the European premiere of Marco Tutino’s La Ciociara at the Teatro Lirico in Cagliari.