Sunday, March 4, 2012

Andrew Stenson to Sing Orphée at Today's Matinee Performance

Because of a minor injury sustained during last night's performance of Orphée et Eurydice, William Burden will not be singing the performance this afternoon. Instead, Andrew Stenson will be taking on the role of Orphée. (Photo of Andrew Stenson as Orphée by Elise Bakketun.)

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.

Andrew Stenson as Werther (Alan Alabastro, photo)

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.

Andrew Stenson as Remendado in Carmen, center, with Amit Mital (left) as Lillas Pastia and David Krohn (right) as Dancaïre (Elise Bakketun, photo)

3 comments:

Unknown said...

Bravo to Andrew Stenson, bravo in the truest sense. This young tenor, perhaps in his twenties, had to have gulped when he learned that the principal Orfée, William Burden, had injured himself and would not be able to perform on Sunday. But no matter, Mr. Stenson stepped forward bravely and what we heard and saw was wonderful. He had unexpected power in the difficult high-tenor register that Glück demands of Orfée. Well done!

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