Stenhouse is a bass opera singer who was born in Northern Ireland, and was encouraged by his mother to pursue his musical goals. This year, he makes his debut with HSOF as Sarastro in The Magic Flute, and as Crespel in The Tales of Hoffmann. Find out more about Duncan’s operas below:
The Magic Flute:
The Tales of Hoffmann:
The 2019 festival
This year, HSOF welcomes over 50 performers from around the world, including many from Nova Scotia and the Maritimes, all of whom underwent competitive auditions. We are excited to introduce Duncan Stenhouse as a performer this summer!
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Q: When did you start studying voice? Where are you studying now?
A: “I began studying voice as a soloist in 2015 when I started Grade 12. I auditioned for music school and ended up going to Memorial School of Music in St. John’s Newfoundland where I study with Caroline Schiller. In the fall I’ll be returning to complete my final year of my Voice Performance degree with a minor in composition.“
Q: What is the best part about starting a new opera?
A: “I love the process of figuring out the story and digging into characters and motivations. I’ve always loved analyzing stories and figuring out what makes characters tick. And of course theres always finding the beauty in the music.“
Q: Who is your biggest inspiration in the opera world?
A: “As a bass theres not always a lot of variety in our repertoire. I have however found that, like many other basses, I have my favourites such as Samuel Ramey and Kurt Moll. More recent singers I’ve found inspiring however are Solomon Howard or Morris Robinson. Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Bryn Terfel are personal favourites of mine as well.”
Q: Who is your biggest inspiration in the non-opera world?
A: “As the son of a musician and through growing up in a large city my taste in music has always been eclectic. I find as much inspiration from jazz artists such as Louis Prima, Nina Simone or Bing Crosby as I do any opera singer. I also have an affinity for rap musicians, poets, and artists and if I had to name any inspirations from those fields I’d have to include people like Andre 3000, Charles Bukowski, and Turner. I have countless inspirations that have all helped me to become the artist I am.”