Riesen to perform title role in "Candide" with Chautauqua Opera

John Riesen:

Past Chautauqua Opera Company credits: Studio Artist in 2013 & 2014, Apprentice Artist in 2015; Lensky in Eugene Onegin,Malcolm(cover) in Macbeth, 2nd Dandy/Stagedoorman in The Ballad of Baby Doe, Chorus in Madam Butterfly, Rector Adams(cover) in Peter Grimes, and Chorus in Lucia di Lammermoor

Select credits: La Traviata (Alfredo) with Tri-Cities Opera; Gianni Schicchi (Rinuccio) with Crested Butte Festival; La Bohème (Rodolfo) andBeauty and the Beast (Gaston) with Shreveport Opera, The Pirates of Penzance (Frederic) with Shreveport Opera and Opera Ithaca; Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton) and Dead Man Walking (Howard Boucher) with Pensacola Opera.

Awards/Residencies: 2nd Place winner and Audience Favorite in the Mary Jacob Smith Singer of the Year competition (2017), Regional Finalist and Audience Favorite in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (2016), 2nd Place winner in the William C. Byrd Competition (2014), 1st Place winner and Audience Favorite in the Harold Haugh Competition (2013); Shreveport Opera Resident Artist (2014-2016), Pensacola Opera Artist in Residence (2017).

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