riesenheadshotJohn Riesen, Tenor

Apprentice Artist

 

Hometown: Livonia, Michigan
 

 

 

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We challenged John to a 30-second interview. Here is what he told us:
 
Q: What is your favorite opera?
A:I'd have to say La Boheme, I Pagliacci or The Tales of Hoffmann... It's hard to choose.
 
Q: Who are your favorite singers?
A: Fritz Wunderlich, Franco Corelli, Richard Tucker, and Pavarotti.
 
Q: What are your dream roles?
A: Someday, I would love to sing Canio in I Pagliacci, or Cavaradossi in Tosca.
 
Q: What was your favorite singing experience so far or your favorite role that you have performed?
A:I think my favorite role has either been Rodolfo in La Boheme or Romeo in Romeo et Juliette
 
Q: What do you love about opera?
A: I love the depth with which Opera can affect our emotions and lives. The music is so incredibly moving and powerful that it affects the world all around us whether through the way it's impacted modern popular music and culture or through the immediacy of the music itself.
Q: What is your favorite flavor of icecream?
A:I love cinnamon flavored ice creams :) (or such things as cinnamon bun ice cream, pumpkin pie ice cream, apple pie Ice cream etc).
 
Q: What else should we know?
A: Before singing, I was an avid baseball player and received All-region pitching and Academic All-State awards.