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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. The 2018-19 season saw many house and role debuts including Prince Charming in Cendrillon with Opera Company of Middlebury, Lensky in Eugene Onegin with Intermountain Opera Bozeman, Alfredo in La Traviata with Gulfshore Opera, Younger Thomspon in Glory Denied with Opera Birmingham and Des Moines Metro Opera, the title role in Candide with Chautauqua Opera, and his Lincoln Center debut as Tony in West Side Story Suite with the New York City Ballet.

In an exciting 2019-20 season, Riesen makes 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. He then returns to two acclaimed roles: Prince Charming in Cendrillon with Opera Birmingham and Younger Thompson in Glory Denied in his Atlanta Opera and UrbanArias debuts. He also debuts as Bill Calhoun in Kiss Me, Kate with Intermountain Opera Bozeman an appears in concert with Berkshire Opera Festival. 

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“tenor Jonathan Riesen’s short, colorful appearance as Pirelli was both musically and dramatically satisfying.”  
  -Opera News

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"stage director Kristine McIntyre has kept the story-telling as fluid as possible. Although written in two acts, she quite rightly, I think, has chosen to align the work into one seamless and dizzying trajectory. McIntyre keeps the characters on stage most of the time...


"Other characters are utterly remarkable here, such as John Riesen’s Pirelli, at turns bright and funny and downright sinister, with a stunning tenor "

-Encore Michigan

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"John Riesen was dashing with a brilliant tenor as Prince Charming. . . it was beautiful singing." -Rutland Herald

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"As the pensive Prince Charming,John Riesen scored his finest impressions in his sensitive soft singing... In their Big Duet Ohse and Ri...


"John Riesen has opera's Emotional Boy, Alfredo, firmly in hand. He is desperately in love and his heart is on his sleeve for the entire opera. Riesen and Valdes partner beautifully, and Riesen is note-perfect and powerful in his solos, an impressive tenor with dramati...

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