Biography

John as Pluto

Tenor John Henrikson is an active musician, currently having his Masters Degree in Vocal Performance. He has rigorously studied music and theater for many years. Most recently, in Spring 2024, John played the role of Rinuccio in the UMKC Opera scenes production of Giaccomo Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. In terms of noteriety, John played the role of Pluto in the MSU Opera production of Jacques Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld (2019), where he won a Lansing State Journal thespie for his performance as featured actor. Henrikson has also performed Dorvil in Gioachino Rossini’s La Scala di Seta (2018), Dr. Blind in Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus (2017), Abe Kaplan in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene (2017) and Don Curzio in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro (2016). Coming up in Summer 2024, John will be debuting the role of Don Ottavio in the Lawrence Opera Theater production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

In October 2018, Henrikson participated in the MSU-China XII, Vocal Arts Collaboration, and sang in the Tianjin Concert Hall in China while abroad across the world. John has a love for competition, and placed first in the 2016 and 2020 National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition in his division, and second place in 2017. As a Freshman in college, Henrikson placed first against twelve finalists at the Ethel J. Armeling Vocal Competition, hosted by the Steiner Chorale at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Lansing, Michigan. He also participated in the 2015 All-State Honors Choir.

Henrikson shares a love for the theater, and has portrayed many diverse characters over his tenure, most notably: Turtle from A Year with Frog and Toad (Fall 2022), Mr. Smee from Peter Pan (Summer 2015), Don Pedro from Much Ado About Nothing (Spring 2014), Mr. Halloway from Something Wicked This Way Comes (Fall 2014), Wilbur from Joseph Robinette’s adaptation of Charlotte’s Web (Summer 2013), Zoser from Elton John’s Aida (Fall 2013), and Gollum/Sméagol from The Hobbit (Fall 2012).

Henrikson is also devoted to continuing the choral study and tradition, as he participated in the TTBB All-State Honors Choir in 2015 and studied with the University Chorale at Michigan State, where he performed the tenor solo from Handel’s The Messiah (Fall 2017, Fall 2020). At UMKC, he continues to dabble in the choirs, having just participated in the UMKC Finale Concert (Spring 2024) featuring the Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 2, and Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms.

Currently, Henrikson is studying for his Doctorate in Music at the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music, where he studies with Dr. Raymond Feener.