In 1986 he was engaged as « Cover Artist » for the role of Zoroastro in Handel’s « Orlando » with Marilyn Horne, June Anderson, Gianna Rolandi, Jeffrey Gall & Rodrick Kennedy conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. This subsequently led to his engagement in Lyric Opera’s Young Artists Program where he was featured in a number of roles including ; Colline in « La Boheme », Sparafucile in « Rigoletto », Sarastro in « The Magic Flute », and as A Man With A Cornet Case in « Postcard from Morocco » (directed by Chicago’s Frank Galati).

In 1987 Henry was awarded a grant from the prestigious Astral Foundation, their aim is to recognise and assist the « Stars of Tomorrow » and in 1988 was a Grand Finalist (the same year with Roberto Alagna) in the Opera Company of Philadelphia/Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition.



Mr. Runey’s versatility is evident in the more than 60 operatic roles to his credit. His specialty has clearly been established to be the Bel Canto repertoire, predominately Rossini and Verdi, although he has been produced in a very large ecclectic repertoire ranging from Ancient music, Baroque, Classic, Bel Canto, Romantic, Modern, Contemporary as well as Experimental pieces. He has been involved in 9 World Premieres, 4 of which were created for him. With Lyric Opera of Chicago alone he has performed over 20 roles in 6 languages, over 145 performances, opposite such stars as Rockwell Blake, Leila Cuberli, Placido Domingo, Giuseppe Giacomini, Cynthia Lawrence, Leo Nucci, Jessie Norman, Eva Marton, Chris Merritt, Kiri TeKanawa, Anna Tomowa-Sintov, Tatiana Troyanos, Samuel Ramey…..

Some of Henry’s most notable roles with Lyric Opera have been ; Ferrando in Verdi’s « Il Trovatore », The Old Hebrew in Saint-Saëns’ « Samson & Dalilah », Thanatos in Gluck’s « Alceste », Parsi Rustomji in Glass’ « Satyagraha », the Ghost in Thomas’ « Hamlet », as well as performing in the World Premieres of « The Fan », Baron Del Cedro, by Lee Goldstein and as Waiter, Posse and Guest in « McTeague » by William Bolcom, this production being directed by Robert Altman.

Sound Tracks

The lord is my light
Linda di Chamounix - Donizetti
Le nozze di Figaro - "sevoul balare" - Mozart
Le nozze di Figaro - "non piu andrai"
Le nozze di Figaro - "aprite unpo"
L'Italiana in Algeria - aria di mustafa - Rossini
Show Boat - "Old man River" - J.Kern
Anna Belena - Donizetti
Othello - Rossini
Samson et Dalilah - Camille Saint-Saëns
La Somnambula - aria di Rodolfo - Bellini
Orlando - "lascia amor" - Haendel
Requiem - "Confutatis" - Verdi
Shot - C. Mac Clear, J. Mament
West Side Story - "Maria" - L.Bernstein
Rigoletto - "Montenere" - Verdi
Missa Di Gloria - "Domine Deus" - Donizetti

Videos as a singer

Don Giovanni - Mozart

La flûte enchantée - Mozart

Carmen - Bizet

Macbeth - Verdi

Aïda - Verdi

La Forza del destino - Verdi

L'occasione fa il ladro - Rossini

Bianca e Falliero - Rossini

Il viaggio a Reins - Rossini

Satyagraha - Philip Glass

La somnanbula - Bellini

La clemenza di tito - Mozart

Il trovatore - Verdi

Un ballo in Maschera - Verdi

Hommage a Maria Callas

La reine de Saba - Gounod

Falstaff - Verdi



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