Iain

Henderson

Australian lyric tenor Iain Henderson is a widely sought after performer with a strong ringing sound and an energetic performance style. Iain has performed with Opera Queensland (Australia), Queensland Symphony Orchestra (Australia), Opera North (UK), Buxton Opera Festival (UK), Glyndebourne Festival Opera (UK), and many other companies both as an ensemble member or soloist. Iain has performed the roles of Ferrando in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte [Quarantine Cosi], Vaudemont in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta [Les Azurialies], Rinuccio in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi [RNCM]; Sellem in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress [British Youth Opera]; Rosy Lickspittle (The Witch) in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel [RNCM]; Basilio in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Mayor Upfold in Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring, Le petit Vieillard in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortileges and Azaël in Debussy’s L’Enfant Prodigue [QCGU].

 

On the concert stage, Iain has performed; Messa di Gloria (Puccini), Stabat Mater (Rossini) Requiem in D minor, Mass in C minor, Missa brevis in B (Mozart), Coffee Cantata [211], Cantata 78: Jesu, der du meine Seele (J.S Bach), as well as other major works by Handel, Schubert and Wagner. In 2014, Mr. Henderson performed as a guest Artist with the Worldwide phenomenon, BBC's Dr Who Symphonic Spectacular with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Iain was a regular performer with Vavachi Entertainment in Australia, a performance company hosting dinner theatre, concerts and surprise shows with a varying range of repertoire from Musical Theatre and Jazz to Classical and Opera.

Winner of the 2016 Dame Joan Sutherland Award from the Noosa Federation of the Arts, he has also won the Joyce Campbell-Lloyd Scholarship, Ronald Dowd Memorial Prize and was a semi-finalist in the 2014 Australian Singing Competition. He was also a participant in the 2013 and 2014 Lisa Gasteen National Opera School, where he worked with John Fisher, Giovanni Reggioli, Richard Hetherington and Stuart Maunder.


Iain studied at the Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester, UK) with Susan Roper and Peter Wilson, and was invited to undertake their highly sought-after International Artist Diploma. Iain is currently based in the UK and before the global pandemic he was due to be covering the role of Pedrillo with Glyndebourne Festival Opera, as well as joining the Glyndebourne Ensemble for L’Elisir d’Amore, The Rake’s Progress and Fidelio.

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