Damon Stinson, Lyric Tenor, a former member of the Newark and Brooklyn Boys Chorus has performed throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. Mr. Stinson has won many state, regional, and national vocal competitions, National winner of the Leontyne Price, National runner-up MTNA, and Federation of Music Clubs Vocal Competition as well as the recipient of the state Metropolitan Opera Encouragement Award. He has also won the American Opera Award and honorable mention in the Luciano Pavarotti Contest. A former recipient of the North Carolina Arts & Science Council Performing Artist Grant, Duke Power Grant (Brevard Music Center), and the Charlotte Opera Guild. Damon has performed under the baton of such well-known conductors as Robert Shaw, Pierre Boulez, Lukas Foss, Peter Schickele, Leonard Bernstein, James Levine and Michael Ching.
Mr. Stinson has performed the role of Tamino in Die Zauberflote, Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Samuel in Three Sisters Who Are Not Sisters, Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte, Mr. Scratch in The Devil & Daniel Webster, Camille in The Merry Widow, and Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore. Mr. Stinson has performed such oratorios as, Messiah (Handel), Judas Maccabeus (Handel), Saul (Handel), Elijah (Mendelssohn), St. Nicolai Mass (Haydn), Creation (Haydn), Le Petite Mass (Rossini), Maginifcat (Bach), and Requiem (Verdi). Mr. Stinson has studied voice with Mrs. Jane Dillard, Ms. Patrizia Cioffi and currently with Mr. John Fowler.