Eric Rieger has enjoyed 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), Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Citizens Theatre (Scotland), and Everyman Palace Theatre (Ireland). Known for his interpretations of Rossini, Donizetti, and Mozart, Dr. Rieger has excelled in such roles as 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 large repertoire spans from the Baroque (Alcina, Dardanus), to the 20th century (The Rake’s Progress, Albert Herring).
Equally at home on the concert platform, Dr. Rieger has been featured at the Claudio Monteverdi Festival (Italy), the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), and Carnegie Hall. He has appeared with many notable orchestras including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Basel Sinfonietta, Trier Philharmonic Orchestra, Luxembourg Chamber Orchestra, and St. John’s Orchestra (London). Frequent oratorio performances include Handel’s Messiah; J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew and St. John Passions, B-Minor Mass, Magnificat and many Cantatas; Mozart’s Requiem; Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Rossini’s Messe Solennelle; and Orff’s Carmina Burana.
A passionate recitalist, Dr. Rieger has performed with Lyric Fest (Philadelphia), Market Square Concerts (Harrisburg), St. John’s Smith Square (London), and many other venues across the U.S. and Europe. He has collaborated regularly with such notable artists as J.J. Penna, Laura Ward, Iain Burnside, Malcolm Martineau, and Simon Over.
In addition to his performance career, Dr. Rieger is in demand as a voice teacher and lyric diction specialist. He is Assistant Professor of Voice at Westminster Choir College and on faculty of the CoOPERAtive Program. Previously, he served on the faculties of Texas Tech University and Nazareth College. Dr. Rieger is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.