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ANDREW STENSON

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Stenson will create the role of Gen, the Japanese businessman’s translator, in Bel Canto.
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A NDREW STENSON, who sings Gen in the world premiere of Bel Canto at Lyric Opera of Chicago in December, was born in Korea and raised in Minnesota. He saw his first opera in 2005. “It was Carmen at Minnesota Opera. Changed my life! During the last scene, José pulled out a knife and did a grand circle onstage before cutting Carmen’s throat. She then slammed against the giant wall in the back, leaving an
ENORMOUS blood streak as she collapsed to the ground. I thought to myself, ‘Oh. My. God. This is incredible! I have to do this.’”

Stenson honed his craft at Luther College, CCM, and the Merola Program. His crisp, assured tenor scored a hit in 2012, when he stepped in as Ferrando in Act II of the Met+Juilliard Così Fan Tutte and sang the part from the pit. (“All my memories of that are colored with tons and tons and tons of adrenaline.”) Other highlights of Stenson’s term in the Met’s Lindemann Program were Demetrius in The Enchanted Island, Achille in Iphigénie en Aulide and Beppe in Pagliacci. 

This summer, Stenson celebrated his twenty-ninth birthday during his run in Candide at the Glimmerglass Festival. “Candide comes very naturally to me. Having grown up in the Midwest, it’s easy to put on my optimistic/good-natured shoes!” High on his list of dream roles now is Tom Rakewell: “I would jump at any chance to do The Rake’s Progress. I’m INCREDIBLY passionate about it.”

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