Tickets available at the Rockwell Hall Box Office, by phone at (716) 878-3600, or online.
Handicap accessible entrance with elevator to the recital hall located via the building entrance at parking lot I-30 (rear of Rockwell Hall off the Iroquois Drive entrance to campus off Elmwood Avenue).
Free parking for this event will be in the general campus lots surrounding Rockwell Hall (Lots R-1, R-2, R-3 off the Rockwell Road entrance to campus; Lots I-30, I-32, I-33 off the Iroquois entrance to campus).
Internationally-renowned tenor Eric Rieger will perform a recital of songs and arias accompanied by pianist J.J. Penna.
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 twenrtieth 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 the 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.
Pianist J.J. Penna has performed in recital with such eminent singers as Kathleen Battle, Harolyn Blackwell, William Burden, Amy Burton, David Daniels, Denyce Graves, Kevin McMillan, Florence Quivar, Andreas Scholl, Sharon Sweet, Christopher Trakas, Indra Thomas and Ying Huang. He has been heard at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Weill Hall, Zankel Hall and Merkin Recital Hall in New York City, the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, Wigmore Hall in London, as well as on concert tours throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, the Far East, South America, and the former Soviet Union. Devoted to the performance and study of new music, he has premiered song cycles by William Bolcom, Ricky Ian Gordon, Richard Hundley and Lowell Liebermann.
Penna has performed and held fellowships at prestigious festivals such as Tanglewood Music Center, Chautauqua Institution, Banff Center for the Arts, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Music Academy of the West, and San Francisco Opera Center’s Merola Program, where he received the Otto Guth Award.
He devotes much of his time to the teaching of art-song literature, having taught at Westminster Choir College of Rider University since 1996. He was formerly on the faculties of the Yale University School of Music, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and the Bowdoin Chamber Music Festival, where he coordinated the Vocal Arts Program for three summers. He has been a staff member of the Steans Institute for Young Artists since 2000 and joined the coaching faculty of the Juilliard School in September of 2006.
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