Tenor Eric Rieger is Assistant Professor of Voice at Florida State University. Previously, he served as Coordinator of Vocal Studies and Director of Opera at Western Washington University, and on the faculties of Westminster Choir College, the CoOPERAtive Program (also serving as Assistant Director), Texas Tech University, Nazareth College, and ran a private studio in Germany for several years. His frequent masterclass engagements have included appearances at the University of Memphis, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Missouri State University, Texas Tech University, Colorado State University, Buffalo State College (SUNY), Nazareth College, and Carnegie Mellon University. He has presented research nationally and regionally at conferences for the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). A passionate language and diction specialist, he is fluent in German and Italian, conversant in French, and has coached singers on diction and dialect throughout Europe and the United States. Dr. Rieger is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music (DMA & BM with distinction) and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (MM). As a performer, Dr. Rieger has enjoyed 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), Novara, and Treviso (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).
Equally at home on the concert platform, Dr. Rieger has been featured at the Claudio Monteverdi Festival in Italy, the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and Carnegie Hall. 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, and the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. Frequent oratorio and concert performances have included Handel’s Messiah; J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew and St. John Passions, B Minor Mass, Magnificat and many Cantatas; Mozart’s Requiem and Coronation Mass; Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Rossini’s Messe Solennelle; Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Orff’s Carmina Burana and Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings, among many others. A passionate recitalist, Dr. Rieger has performed with the Boston Art Song Society, Lyric Fest in Philadelphia, Market Square Concerts in Harrisburg, St. John’s Smith Square in London, and many other venues across the U.S. and Europe. His solo debut album Poet’s Journey: Song Cycles of Benjamin Britten is available on the Affetto/Naxos record label, and he is featured on the Naxos International recording James Whitbourn: Carolae with the Grammy nominated Westminster Williamson Voices.