Hailed as an “impressive tenor” (The New York Times) who sings with “sweet vibrancy” (The Cleveland Plain Dealer), Gene Stenger is one of the country’s most called upon Bach specialists who is also heralded for his performances of oratorios by Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn, and Mozart.
Gene’s 2021-2022 season will feature his solo debuts with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra (Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9), Portland Symphony Orchestra (Bach’s St. Matthew Passion), New Haven Symphony Orchestra (Handel’s Messiah), Providence Singers (Bach’s Magnificat, & Schütz’s Musikalische Exequien), Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum (Monteverdi’s Vespers), Upper Valley Baroque (BWV 147), and return solo engagements with Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra (Handel’s Messiah), Bach Society of St. Louis (Bach’s Mass in B-Minor), the GRAMMY-nominated True Concord Voices & Orchestra (Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Haydn’s Paukenmesse, Close-Up Recital Series), Bach Collegium at St. Peter’s New York (Handel’s Messiah), Emmanuel Music (BWV 93), and Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity New York (BWV 60, 92, 181, & 249).
During the 2020-2021 season, Stenger was a featured tenor soloist in several virtual projects, including a video production of Handel’s Messiah produced by Classical Arizona PBS with the GRAMMY-nominated True Concord Voices & Orchestra as part of their Fall “Bubble” project, and a reimagined staged production of Bach’s St. John Passion with The Thirteen Chamber Choir. Additional virtual projects included tenor soloist with the Bach Society of St. Louis’s 2021 Virtual Bach Festival, Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity New York, and with OperaTune Productions for their program “Hope Resurrected: A 3-part Classical Easter Concert Series Experience” featured on WMNR Radio. When live performances resumed, Gene debuted with Teatro Nuovo covering the role of Count Almaviva in their production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville at Lincoln Center, marking the first full opera performance in NY in over a year, and returned to the Staunton Music Festival, singing the role of Damon in Handel’s Acis and Galatea.
Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Gene holds degrees from Yale University’s School of Music, and Institute of Sacred Music, Colorado State University, and Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music. He currently resides in New Haven, CT, where he serves as instructor of voice at Yale University.