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 2022-2023 season includes solo debuts with both the Helena Symphony (Handel’s Messiah), and Canticum Novum (Bach’s Mass in B Minor) and returning solo appearances with the Buffalo Philharmonic (Mozart’s Coronation Mass), Eastern Connecticut Symphony (Britten’s Serenade), Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra (Handel’s Messiah), Colorado Bach Ensemble (Handel’s Messiah, & Bach’s St. Matthew Passion), Baldwin Wallace University’s Bach Festival (Mass in B Minor), the Handel Society of Dartmouth College (Britten’s Serenade, & Mozart’s Coronation Mass), TENET Vocal Artists (Bach’s Magnificat, & Easter Oratorio), and Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity New York (BWV 62, 243, 126, & 249).
Stenger’s 2021-2022 season featured solo debuts with the Portland Symphony (Bach’s St. Matthew Passion), New Haven Symphony (Handel’s Messiah), Eastern Connecticut Symphony (Summer Concert Gala), the Providence Baroque Orchestra (Bach’s Magnificat, & Schütz’s Musikalische Exequien), and the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum (Monteverdi’s Vespers). Gene made return appearances as a soloist with the Virginia Symphony (Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9), the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra (Handel’s Messiah), Bach Society of St. Louis’s Bach Festival (Mass in B Minor), the Charlotte Bach Festival (Ascension Oratorio), the Handel Society of Dartmouth College (Haydn’s Creation), 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), and Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity New York (BWV 60, 92, 181, & 249).
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. Recent discography credits include the role of the Minstrel (Narrator) in the world premiere recording of Arnold Rosner’s opera The Chronicle of Nine with Odyssey Opera, and BMOP, tenor soloist in Schmelzer’s Le Memorie Dolorose with TENET Vocal Artists and ACRONYM, and tenor soloist on Yale Schola Cantorum’s album Fauré Requiem and other sacred music led by David Hill released on Hyperion Records. He currently resides in New Haven, CT, where he serves as instructor of voice at Yale University.