John Riesen

John Riesen, he/him/his 

Award-winning American tenor John Riesen’s growing career boasts a variety of roles in which he excels  and includes significant work in opera, musical theatre, studio recording and concert. He has released  two studio recording albums: What You’d Call a Dream (2019) and Christmas at Home (2020), and  several singles including, “Autumn Leaves (2021)” “What a Wonderful World (2021)” and “Maria  (from West Side Story) (2021)” that have reached well over 1 million streams on Spotify and Apple  Music. John is also the head of Spotify promotion and PR for Emitha LLC, building an ecosystem for  classical singers around the world to be heard on streaming services. 

In the COVID-affected 2020-2021 season John performed concerts, live streams, and productions with  several companies including Intermountain Opera Bozeman, Shades of Pink Charity Foundation, The FAR  Conservatory in Detroit, and Las Vegas Opera. He returned to the stage in 2021 as Ralph Rackstraw  in HMS Pinafore with Pensacola Opera, Martin in The Tender Land with The Hart School, Alfredo in La  Traviata with the Pacific Symphony, and Younger Thompson in Glory Denied with Berkshire Opera  Festival. In the 2021-2022 season, John returns to signature roles including Frederic in Pirates of  Penzance with Utah Opera, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi with On Site Opera, Chris in the world-premiere  of Favorite Son by Grammy award winning song-writer Marcus Hummons, as well as his Carnegie Hall  debut as tenor soloist in the Messiah with Musica Sacra under the baton of Kent Tritle (postponed due  to COVID-19).

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