A member of Seattle Opera's Young Artists Program for the past two seasons, Stenson made his mainstage debut at Seattle Opera as Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor last fall, and has since sung Don Ottavio in last spring's YAP Don Giovanni, Remendado in last fall's mainstage Carmen, and Werther in the touring production of Werther. There's a clip of him singing "Dalla sua pace" from last season's Don Giovanni here. Last week, he began rehearsals for this spring's Young Artists Program production, Don Pasquale, in which he'll be taking on the role of Ernesto.
Stenson, who made his Metropolitan Opera debut in January in a performance of The Enchanted Island, is quickly building a reputation as one of the United States’ most exciting young tenors. He is the recipient of a 2011 Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation. In the summer of 2011, he returned to the Glimmerglass Festival as a Young Artist, performing Jimmy O’Keefe in John Musto’s Later the Same Evening. In previous seasons, Stenson appeared as Martin in The Tender Land with Glimmerglass Opera, and as First Jew in Salome with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre. Stenson was an Apprentice Singer with the Santa Fe Opera in 2009 and received the Donald Gramm Memorial Award. He was a Regional Finalist in the 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.