Tenor Wade Henderson appears frequently on local stages in opera, concert and choral settings. He is known for his “strong, vibrant tenor voice” (Classical Voice of North Carolina) as well as for his facility with a wide variety of musical styles.
In opera, Wade’s accomplishments include critically acclaimed performances of Madama Butterfly (Lt. Pinkerton), Pagliacci (Canio), and the world premiere of J. Mark Scearce’s A Tree – A Rock – A Cloud (Old Man); the title role in L’amico Fritz; and supporting parts in Salome, il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Bohème, Le nozze di Figaro, Lucia di Lammermoor, Rigoletto, Carmen, Aida, Tristan und Isolde, Das Rheingold, Samson et Dalila and Norma.
As a concert soloist, Wade’s recent engagements include performances of Bach’s Magnificat and St. John Passion, Beethoven’s Symphony #9, Missa Solemnis, and Mass in C, Berlioz’s Te Deum, Britten’s St. Nicolas cantata and Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Dvorak’s Requiem and Stabat Mater, Handel’s Messiah and Israel in Egypt, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Mass in Time of War (Paukenmesse), Mahler’s Das klagende Lied, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and St. Paul, Mozart’s Requiem, Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil (Vespers), Stravinsky’s Les Noces (The Wedding), Tippett’s A Child of Our Time and the world premiere of Scearce’s String Quartet #2 “Atlantis” with the renowned Borromeo Quartet.
Wade is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he studied French Horn and voice.