The American tenor was recently heard at Ireland’s Wexford Festival Opera (Ernesto/Jacopo Foroni’s Margherita) and England’s Glyndebourne Festival (Ernesto/ Don Pasquale). Last season Stenson sang Tamino/The Magic Flute (Seattle Opera), Frederic/The Pirates of Penzance (Palm Beach Opera), and the title role/Candide (both Opéra National de Bordeaux and Théâtre du Capitole). Stenson has been a Young Artist with San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program (Postcard from Morocco), The Santa Fe Opera (Head Man/ The Letter), Glimmerglass Opera (Martin/ The Tender Land, Jimmy O’Keffe/John Musto’s Later the Same Evening), Seattle Opera (Arturo/Lucia di Lammermoor, title role/Werther, Ernesto/Don Pasquale), and the Met’s Lindemann Program (Beppe/ Paglicacci, Demetrius/The Enchanted Island). Among other important operatic credits are Tonio/La fille du régiment, (Seattle Opera, Washington National Opera), Belmonte/The Abduction from the Seraglio (Utah Opera), Danny Chen/Huang Ruo’s An American Soldier (Washington National Opera), and Brighella/Ariadne auf Naxos (Glyndebourne debut). Stenson is an alumnus of Luther College and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory. Winner of a Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation and a Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation, Stenson was a major award winner in the Opera Index competition and second-prize winner in both the Queen Sonja International Vocal Competition and the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation competition.
Previously at Lyric: Ferrando/Così fan tutte (2017|18); Gen Watanabe/Bel Canto (2015|16, world premiere).
Last updated: February 17, 2018
Photo: Dario Acosta