Hailed as “every inch the hero in stature and voice” (Classical Voice North America), award-winning American tenor John Riesen is consistently impressing audiences with his "impassioned...and vibrant" voice (Opera Today). John’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 one 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.
John’s busy 2022-2023 season includes his role debut as Camille at Knoxville Opera, where he also reprises his Younger Thompson in Glory Denied. He makes his role debut as the Duke in Rigoletto at Intermountain Opera Bozeman, appears with Opera Las Vegas as Detective Daniel Lewis in Evan L. Snyder’s A Capacity for Evil, and brings his Younger Thompson to Opera Roanoke. Also this season, John was named a semi-finalist on NBC’s America’s Got Talent.