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 works. The Colorado native can be heard on recently released live recordings of Rio de sangre (Albany Records) and Elmer Gantry (on Naxos, winner of two Grammy awards (2012), and voted No. 1 by Opera News "Best of the Year"), both produced by Florentine Opera. He is the tenor soloist in a live recording of Carmina Burana with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. He can also be heard on the Newport Classics recording of The Ballad of Baby Doe, the world premiere recording of Kurt Weill's The Eternal Road and David Schiff's Gimpel the Fool (both on Naxos). He is featured on upcoming recordings including The Inspector by John Musto and, singing the role of Robert MacNamara, in Steven Stucky's August 4th, 1964, with Jaap Van Zweden and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
Vale Rideout's 2011-12 season includes singing the title role in Faust with Opera Coeur d'Alene; Nadir in Les pêcheurs de perles with Hawaii Opera Theatre; as soloist in Messiah with Nashville Symphony Orchestra, also with Pacific Symphony Orchestra; in Haydn's The Creation in a return to Highland Park United Methodist Church; in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with Greenville Symphony; as the Duke in selections from Rigoletto with Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra; Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia in a fully staged production with Imperial Symphony Orchestra; as Prologue/Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw in a return to Central City Opera; and as soloist in Berlioz' Te Deum with Colorado's "Summer Choralfest." In 2010-11 he returned to Florentine Opera as Igneo in the world premiere of Don Davis' Rio de Sangre; sang Camille in The Merry Widow with Opera Tampa; Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with Phoenix Opera, also Chautauqua Opera; Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with Tulsa Opera; Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia for Cal Performances under Lorin Maazel; created the role of Tancredi in the world premiere of John Musto's The Inspector at Wolf Trap Opera; appeared in concert as soloist inMessiah with the Louisiana Philharmonic; and in Stucky's August 4, 1964 with the Dallas Symphony at Carnegie Hall.
Recent highlights include Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw with Boston Lyric Opera; Roderick in Glass' The Fall of the House of Usher with Nashville Opera; 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 Theater; soloist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in "A Christmas Celebration;" in Vaughan Williams' "Hodie" with Highland Park United Methodist Church; Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Sugar Creek Festival; Haydn's Paukenmesse with the Berkshire Choral Festival; his debut with the New York Philharmonic and the continuation of his ongoing collaboration with Lorin Maazel in Britten's War Requiem; 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; Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance at the Chautauqua Institution; as soloist in 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.
Performances of note include Ferrando in Così fan tutte with Boston Baroque; 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 Schicchiwith 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 at UNC, his alma mater, a recital of British song at Vassar College and a recital benefiting the Loveland Opera Theater in Colorado where he performed Schubert's Winterreise. He has also appeared at the Middle Collegiate Church in New York City. Mr. Rideout was awarded first prize in Savannah Music Festival's 2006 American Traditions Competition and was a 2003 regional finalist in the Metropolitan National Council Auditions.