Tenor Eric Rieger has consistently won acclaim for his beautiful singing and exciting performances throughout his international career. Opernnetz.de hails his “erotic, radiant voice” and “cultivated manner.” The Trierischer Volksfreund applauds his “fine-timbered tenor voice” and “beautiful lyric singing,” and continues by stating, “There is bel canto style to be felt, skillfulness and every amount of talent.” Indeed, musicweb-international.com says, “this is a lovely tenor voice and a winning personality who will go a long way on both the recital platform and the opera stage."
Mr. Rieger enjoys great success performing opera throughout Europe where he has sung under such conductors as John Elliot Gardner, Stefano Ranzani, and Franz Welser-Möst. His career has led him to the opera companies of Zürich, Luzern, Basel (Switzerland), Trier, Regensburg, Kaiserslautern, Bremerhaven, Osnabrück, Nordhausen, Konstanz (Germany), and Novara (Italy), as well as Zomeropera Alden Biesen (Belgium), Citizens Theatre (Scotland), and Everyman Palace Theatre (Ireland).
Primarily known for his interpretations of Rossini, Donizetti, and Mozart, Mr. Rieger has excelled in such roles as Conte d’Almaviva (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Don Ramiro (La Cenerentola), Lindoro (L’Italiana in Algeri), Nemorino (L’Elisir d’Amore), Ernesto (Don Pasquale), Tonio (La Fille du Régiment), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), and Ferrando (Cosí fan tutte). His wide-ranging repertoire of over 50 roles spans from the Baroque (Oronte in Alcina, Rameau’s Dardanus), to the 20th century (Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress, Britten’s Albert Herring). Recently, he began exploring French Grand Opera with his portrayal of Chevalier des Grieux in Massenet’s Manon.
Equally at home on the concert platform, Mr. Rieger has been featured at the Claudio Monteverdi Festival in Italy, the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. He has appeared with many notable orchestras including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under Alexander Lazarev, the Basel Sinfonietta, St. John’s Orchestra (London), the Luxembourg Chamber Orchestra “Les Musiciens,” the Trier Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Symphony Orchestras of Harrisburg and Lubbock. Frequent oratorio and concert performances have included Handel’s Messiah; J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Magnificat and many Cantatas; Mozart’s Requiem; Rossini’s Messe Solennelle; Orff’s Carmina Burana and Britten’s Serenade, among others. A passionate recitalist, he has been heard in the United States and Europe interpreting a vast array of song literature.
In addition to his performance career, Mr. Rieger is in demand as a voice teacher and is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. He is Assistant Professor of Voice at Westminster Choir College and has previously served on the faculties of Texas Tech University and Nazareth College. His students are performing with opera companies throughout Europe and have been selected to attend such summer programs as AIMS in Austria and Si canta, si parla in Italy. Others have been finalists and won first prize at NATS chapter auditions.
Mr. Rieger is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music (BM with distinction) and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (MM).