Vale Ridout ("Igneo") - Tenor
American tenor Vale Rideout has garnered critical acclaim for his musical artistry and superb stagecraft throughout the United States and Europe. Possessed of both a beautiful instrument and an ability to consistently deliver passionate, energetic performances, he is equally in demand for leading tenor roles from the standard repertory to contemporary premiere works.
Vale Rideout's engagements in the 2009-10 season include Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw with Boston Lyric Opera, Shallard in Elmer Gantry with Florentine Opera, Roderick in Glass' The Fall of the House of Usher with Nashville Opera Association, Alfredo in La traviata with Pacific Opera Victoria, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with Palm Beach Opera, Egeo in Cavalli's Giasone with Chicago Opera Theatre, as soloist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in "A Christmas Celebration," and in Vaughan Williams' "Hodie" with Highland Park United Methodist Church.
His engagements in 2008-09 included his debut with the New York Philharmonic and the continuation of his ongoing collaboration with Lorin Maazel in Britten's War Requiem; the roles of Nadir in Les Pêcheurs des perles with Opera Columbus; the title role in Faust with Opera Tampa; Sam in Susannah with Mobile Opera; Gernando in Haydn's L'isola disabitata with Gotham Chamber Opera; Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Central City Opera; and Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance at the Chautauqua Institution. On the concert stage he performed Carmina Burana with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra; the world premiere of Steven Stucky's August 4, 1964 with Dallas Symphony; and Messiah with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra.
Recent season highlights include 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; Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with Tulsa Opera; the Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia and Sam in Susannah, in re-engagements with Central City Opera; and as soloist in Britten's War Requiem with Maestro Maazel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic as well as with the Grand Rapids Symphony. Following performances as Peter Quint at Lorin Maazel's Chateauville Foundation in Virginia, Mr. Rideout returned the following summer to appear as Male Chorus conducted by Maestro Maazel. He was soon after invited to perform Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with Maazel's Symphonica Toscanini in both Rome and Brussels.
Other highlights include his debut at the San Francisco Opera performing Alfred in Die Fledermaus; Le Prince Charmant in Cendrillon with Central City Opera; Roméo in Roméo et Juliette with the Tampa Performing Arts Center; George Gibbs in the professional premiere of Ned Rorem's Our Town with Lake George Opera; and both Martin in Aaron Copland's The Tender Land and the world premiere of Mel Marvin's Guest from the Future at the Bard SummerScape Festival. He made his Los Angeles Opera debut in its production of Parsifal He performed the role of Ralph Rackstraw in HMS Pinafore with Anchorage Opera; 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 OK Mozart International Festival; and Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia with the Merola Opera Program.
Concert highlights include appearing as soloist in Messiah with the Seattle and Pensacola symphonies as well as with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, Carmina Burana with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, 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 made his Carnegie Hall debut singing Bach's Magnificat and later returned to sing Mozart's Requiem. Other concert highlights include his American Symphony Orchestra debut in a program of Hindemith one-act operas, and his return to the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra as soloist in Mozart's Requiem and Haydn's The Creation. Mr. Rideout has been a featured soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus, Naples Philharmonic (FL), BBC Singers, and symphonies in California, Colorado, and New York.
An avid recitalist, Vale Rideout has appeared most recently in a recital benefiting the Loveland Opera Theater in Colorado where he performed Schubert's Winterreise. He has also appeared at the Middle Collegiate Church and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in New York City. Mr. Rideout 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, the world premiere recording of Kurt Weill's The Eternal Road, the Naxos recording of Gimpel the Fool by David Schiff, and upcoming recordings with the Milken Archive of Jewish Music.