Henry H. Pleas, III is a dynamic, personally engaging presence on the concert stage. He has appeared as leading tenor in operatic productions throughout the United States and Europe. He has appeared as soloist for Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera Grand Rapids, Skylight Opera Theater, Chicago Opera Theater and South Shore Opera Company of Chicago. Some of his roles have included the title role in Tales of Hoffmann, Rodolfo in La Boheme, Tamino in the Magic Flute, Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana, and Don Jose in Carmen. Recently he performed the role of Ben Ross in Nkeiru Okoye's Harriet Tubman: When I crossed that Line to Freedom for the South Shore Opera Company of Chicago.
In orchestral performance he has appeared as principle tenor soloist in Beethoven Missa Solemnis, Mozart Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Haydn’s Creation, Britten’s St. Nicholas, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, Vaughan William's Hodie and Adolphus Hailstork's Done Made my Vow. He is a frequent recitalist including collaborations with soprano Jonita Lattimore; oboist Sara Fraker; pianists, Chris Garofalo, Casey Robards and Rachel Jensen and the Chatham Choral Ensemble under the direction of Charles Thomas Hayes.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, and educated in Chicago area schools, he later attended Brown University, and at graduation, received the school's Madeira Prize for Excellence in Music. After Brown, he continued music studies attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and later, Northwestern University where he received a Master of Music degree. Henry was a finalist in the Lotte Lehman CyberSing competition, and a past participant in the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists.
Henry toured with the American Spiritual Ensemble for their 2016 season. About his performance in Harriet Tubman: When I croseed that Line to Freedom (2016) M. L. Rantala of the Hyde Park Herald said: "Tenor Henry Pleas . . . . had gleaming sound and an engaging, upbeat sway in the opera’s only joyful number." Henry Pleas' performances with Chamber Opera Chicago in Maria La O was described by ChicagoClassicalReview.com as "riveting".
In 2017 "Come Down Angels!" a recording of Vocal Works by Women Composers was released for the Unveiled Voices Project (UVP). Henry Pleas is the founder and CEO of UVP, an enterprise which seeks to produce and perform quality works by composers deserving performance on world concert stages, but denied based on gender, race, sexuality or other characteristics having nothing to do with achieving musical excellence. www.unveiledvoices.org