(He/Him/His) Hailed as “impassioned...and vibrant” (Opera Today), award-winning American tenor John Riesen is consistently impressing audiences with his "fantastic, powerful voice" (Texarkana Gazette). Riesen’s growing career boasts a variety of roles in which he excels and includes significant work in Opera, Musical Theater, studio recording, voice over and concert.
is represented by
ADA Artist Management
Gulf Shore Opera, 01 February, 2021
Musica Sacra at Carnegie Hall, 01 December, 2021
TBA, 01 July, 2021
Utah Opera, 01 May, 2021
Pensacola Opera, 01 March, 2021
Opera Birmingham, 2020
The Atlanta Opera, 2020
Opera Columbus, 2020
Michigan Opera Theatre, 2019
Des Moines Metro Opera, 2018
NYC Ballet, 2018
His most notable roles include Frederic in Pirates of Penzance, Ralph Rackstraw in HMS Pinafore, Candide in Candide, Tony in West Side Story, Romeo in Romeo et Juliette, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Alfredo in La Traviata, Prince Charmant in Cendrillon and Younger Thompson in Glory Denied.
Recently John was seen in his Lincoln Center debut as the voice of Tony in Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story Suite as well as the tenor soloist in Stravinsky's Les Noces with the New York City Ballet, and tenor soloist in Rachmaninoff's Vespers with the NY Oratorio Society. He will be making his Carnegie Hall Debut as Tenor Soloist in the Messiah December 2021.
Outside of the realm of stage performance John has released two studio recording albums, “What You’d Call a Dream” (2019) featuring operatic, musical theater, and new works close to John’s heart and “Christmas at Home” (2020) featuring holiday favorites. His recent single release of “You’re the Best” has been called “elegant and captivating as every note is crisp, full, and truly heartfelt.” (Straight Bread Magazine)
— Opera News