Hailed as “impassioned…and vibrant” (Opera Today), award-winning American tenor, John Riesen is consistently impressing audiences in the world of opera 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 and concert. He has released two studio recording albums: What You'd Call a Dream (2019) and Christmas at Home (2020) that have reached over 500,000 streams on Spotify and Apple Music. He has also collaborated with Emmy-nominated PBS TV pianist Marina Arsenijevic in both video performance (during COVID-19) and in studio recordings to be released in 2021.
Riesen’s 2019-20 COVID-19 affected season included his professional debut as Roméo in Roméo et Juliette as a guest artist with the Janiec Opera Company and his Michigan Opera Theater debut as Pirelli in Sweeney Todd as well as Prince Charming in Cendrillon with Opera Birmingham and Younger Thompson in Glory Denied with The Atlanta Opera and UrbanArias, Bill Calhoun in Kiss Me, Kate with Intermountain Opera Bozeman, and appearing in concert with Berkshire Opera Festival. The 2020-21 season includes concert appearances with Intermountain Opera Bozeman and Gulfshore Opera, Ralph Rackstraw in HMS Pinafore with Pensacola Opera, Alfredo in La Traviata with Pacific Symphony, and Younger Thompson in Glory Denied with Berkshire Opera Festival. Future seasons include appearances with Anchorage Opera, Oratorio Society of New York, a return to Nashville Opera, and his debut with Utah Opera.