Praised for “effortlessly mastering the many coloratura embellishments in his arias…” (Bergsträsser Anzeiger), and his “sweet vibrancy” (Cleveland Plain Dealer), tenor Gene Stenger has received both international and national acclaim for his singing. A specialist in the oratorio repertoire of J.S. Bach, and G.F. Handel, Gene sings with elegant conviction, and effortless ability, primarily in his high register.
Mr. Stenger’s solo concert engagements include Evangelist in both of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, and St. John Passion with St. Peter’s Baroque Orchestra (NYC); Evangelist, and tenor arias in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (complete work) with Colorado Bach Ensemble; tenor arias in St. John Passion with both Voices of Ascension, and the Yale Schola Cantorum led by Masaaki Suzuki at Lincoln Center; tenor arias in St. Matthew Passion with Helmuth Rilling’s Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart with performances in both Germany, and South America which were featured in a documentary about Rilling’s life entitled Ein Leben mit Bach (A Life with Bach); Bernstein’s Mass with the Yale Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall; a solo quartet performance of David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Bach’s BWV 80 with Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and Bach Society of St. Louis; Handel’s Messiah with Handel Society of Dartmouth College; the title role in Handel’s Judas Maccabeus with the Yale Schola Cantorum led by David Hill, which was featured on the PBS program, “Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly”; Beethoven’s Mass in C with the Yale Schola Cantorum led by David Hill, with a live performance broadcast worldwide on BBC 3 Radio.
An avid chamber musician, Gene has performed with numerous professional ensembles, including the GRAMMY-nominated True Concord Voices & Orchestra, Handel and Haydn Society, the Oregon Bach Festival’s Berwick Chorus, Yale Choral Artists, The Clarion Society, Vox Humana, The Thirteen, Renaissance Men, Third Practice, and internationally, both Helmuth Rilling’s Weimarer Bachkantaten-Akademie, and the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart.
Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Gene holds a M.M. degree in Voice, specializing in Early Music, Oratorio, and Chamber Ensemble from Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music, and the Yale School of Music, where he studied with renowned tenor James Taylor. He also holds a M.M. degree in Voice Performance (Opera) from Colorado State University, and a B.M. degree in Voice Performance from Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music. Gene currently resides in New Haven, CT, where he serves as instructor of voice at Yale University.