Oliver Henderson, tenor, brings audiences an accomplished record of concert and operatic performances. He made his professional operatic debut with the Nashville Opera in a production of H. M. S. Pinafore. A born communicator, Henderson has been critically acclaimed for his “perfect comic timing” as a singer/actor as well as his dramatic skills as a consummate concert performer.
In addition to standard, well-known and loved vocal repertoire, such as Shubert’s Die schöne Müllerin, Henderson offers interesting and captivating programming built around the American Art Song, the Poetry of William Blake, and Songs and Memories of War. He also offers the Requiems of Verde and Mozart as well as Handel’s Messiah, and large works of J. S. Bach.
He has performed in a variety of rolls and venues, notably with the Ohio Light Opera in Wooster. Highlights include the roll of Danilo in Franz Lehar’s Merry Widow, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, Dapertutto in The Tales of Hoffmann, and Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, and the title roll in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Grand Duke, recorded on Albany Records.
In his spare time, Henderson is an avid cyclist. When he was 21, Oliver worked a summer job as a Manhattan bicycle messenger. Later, in 2006, he rode his bicycle across the country on the TransAmerica Trail. He also enjoys hiking, and fulfilled his dream of walking the 2000-mile Appalachian Trail after graduating college, finishing the trip after 198 days in the woods.
Oliver Henderson is currently an assistant professor of voice at Central Michigan University. He holds music degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Middle Tennessee State University, and Indiana University, where he completed his doctoral studies with Carol Vaness.