Hailed by Opera News as “exuberant and clear-voiced,” whose “clean sound and clear diction prove impressive,” tenor VALE RIDEOUT delivers acclaimed performances throughout the United States and Europe in such roles as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, the title role in Albert Herring, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, and Roméo in Roméo et Juliette. Tonight, he performs as a soloist in Britten’s War Requiem under the direction of Lorin Maazel.
Rideout’s engagements in the 2007/08 season include singing Ferrando in Così fan tutte with Boston Baroque; Frank in the world premiere of Elmer Gantry with Nashville Opera; Atis in Keiser’s Croesus with Minnesota Opera; the Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia with Central City Opera; and Messiah with the Pensacola Symphony. His 2006/07 season included his debut at the San Francisco Opera performing Alfred in Die Fledermaus. He also sang the roles of Ralph Rackstraw in HMS Pinafore with the Anchorage Opera and Roméo in Roméo et Juliette with the Tampa Performing Arts Center. He appeared as soloist in Carmina Burana with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Messiah with the Seattle Symphony, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with the Huntsville Symphony, and in an evening of opera arias and ensembles with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. He collaborated Lorin Maazel as Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia, with performances at the conductor’s estate in Virginia, and was asked immediately thereafter to join Maazel as soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in Rome. In the summer of 2007, he sang Prince Charming in Cendrillon with Central City Opera.
Recent highlights include his Los Angeles Opera debut in Parsifal; the role of Peter Quint in a special production of The Turn of the Screw, produced by Lorin Maazel; George Gibbs in the professional premiere of Ned Rorem’s Our Town with Lake George Opera; and Martin in Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land at the Bard SummerScape Festival. He has been heard as Jacquino in Fidelio with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with the Ann Arbor Symphony, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi with the Oklahoma Mozart International Festival, Bogdanowitsch in The Merry Widow with Chautauqua Opera, and the American premiere of Heinrich Sutermeister’s Die Schwartze Spinne with the Gotham Chamber Opera. In addition, he appeared as Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia with the Merola Opera Program.
Rideout made his Carnegie Hall debut singing Bach’s Magnificat and returned to sing Mozart’s Requiem. He also sang Handel’s Messiah with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra in an immediate re-engagement, after having just joined the symphony for his first performances of Haydn’s Creation. Other concert highlights include the role of the Snowman in Ned Rorem’s A Childhood Miracle with the American Masters and Magic Circle Repertory Opera Ensemble in celebration of the composer’s 80th birthday, his American Symphony Orchestra debut in a program of short Hindemith operas, the world premiere of Mel Marvin’s Guest from the Future at the Bard Music Festival, an appearance with the Connecticut Ballet in HK Gruber’s Gloria: A Pig Tale, Haydn’s Creation with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, and his return to the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra as soloist in Mozart’s Requiem. He has been a featured soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus, the Naples Philharmonic (FL), the BBC Singers, and symphonies in California, Colorado, and New York. He has also performed in the New York City Center’s “Encores!” series.
His extensive experience in musical theater includes Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera (Hamburg, Germany), Tony in West Side Story with Opera Grand Rapids, Tony in Terrence McNally’s Master Class, Maltby and Shire’s musical revue, Closer Than Ever, and the national tour of Cabaret directed by Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall.
Vale Rideout recently was awarded first prize in Savannah Music Festival’s 2006 American Traditions Competition. He was a 2003 regional finalist in the Metropolitan National Council Auditions and a finalist in the Denver Lyric Opera competition. The Colorado native can be heard on the Newport Classics recording of The Ballad of Baby Doe (2003), the world premiere recording of Kurt Weill’s The Eternal Road (2003), and upcoming recordings with Third Angle Ensemble.