Bravo! From Opera to Broadway

World-class voices bring beloved songs from Opera to musical theater to the American Songbook to life in our boutique “club” setting in the SCA lobby. Four talented young musicians make this a memorable evening of rousing emotion, laughter, and the joy of musical performance. All proceeds from the event support the SCA’s cost-free, literacy programming for K-12th graders.

Nov 11, 7:00 pm, Nov 12, 7:00 pm

All proceeds from the event support the SCA’s cost-free, literacy programming for K-12th graders.

Overview

World-class voices bring beloved songs from Opera to musical theater to the American Songbook to life in our boutique “club” setting in the SCA lobby.  

Back by popular demand, Gillian & John Riesen, along with Neill Campbell and Jonathan Estabrooks, come to town for two very special evenings. The foursome has performed on major stages across the world including Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center – and even on America’s Got Talent!

From Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera to Madame Butterfly and The Barber of Seville, these talented young musicians make this a memorable evening of rousing emotion, laughter, and the joy of musical performance!

All proceeds from the event support the SCA’s cost-free, literacy programming for K-12th graders.

The Artists

John Riesen

Having just performed on America’s Got Talent, award-winning American tenor John Riesen is consistently impressing audiences with his “impassioned…and vibrant” voice (Opera Today). Riesen’s growing career boasts a variety of roles in which he excels and includes significant work in opera, musical theatre, studio recording and concert. He has released two studio recording albums: What You’d Call a Dream (2019) and Christmas at Home (2020), and several singles that have reached over 1.5 million streams on Spotify and Apple Music. John is also the head of Spotify promotion and PR for Emitha LLC, building an ecosystem for classical and crossover singers around the world to be heard on streaming services. 

In the 2022/2023 season, John returns to signature roles including Younger Thompson in Glory Denied with Knoxville Opera, Daniel Pilgrim in Evan L. Snyder’s new opera A Capacity for Evil with Opera Las Vegas, Camille in Lehar’s Merry Widow with Knoxville Opera, as well as his debut as The Duke of Mantua in Verdi’s classic, Rigoletto. He will also be seen in concerts around the U.S. including on America’s Got Talent, for the Knoxville Patriot Awards Gala, also in Columbus, OH, Saugatuck, MI, amongst others. 

To follow John’s career, check him out on instagram: @johnriesen or follow his Spotify or Apple Music: John Riesen

Gillian Riesen

Gillian Riesen is currently the CEO and President of Emitha LLC

Hailed as “impeccable” by Broadway World, award-winning American mezzo-soprano Gillian Lynn Cotter is quickly impressing audiences with her strong voice and dynamic presence. Recent roles include Hansel in Hansel and Gretel with Opera Louisiane, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with Pensacola Opera, Sister Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking with Shreveport Opera, the title role in Rinaldo with Fresco Opera and Angelica in the world premiere of A Capacity for Evil with Opera MODO. Current projects include role and house debuts as Joan in Tchaikovsky’s Maid of Orleans with Opera Company of Middlebury and Vera Lynn in Another Brick in the Wall with Michigan Opera Theater.

Ms. Cotter recently completed her second year as an Apprentice Artist at the Santa Fe Opera. Her assignments there included covering Karolka in Jenůfa, La Madre in Madama Butterfly, and she was featured in Act 2 of Hänsel und Gretel as Hänsel in the Apprentice Scenes Showcase.  

Other recent engagements have seen Ms. Cotter as Edith in The Pirates of Penzance with Opera Ithaca, her PORTopera debut as Mrs. Nolan in Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Medium, and Older Alyce in Glory Denied and Jade Boucher in Heggie’s Dead Man Walking with Pensacola Opera. 

Gillian also has a Production company, and runs two record labels: Crossover Records and Lexicon Classics. This passion allows her to use her artistic eye from the stage to help other artists pursue their dreams. Lexicon Classics has placed number 2 in the world on the Billboard Charts in Traditional Classical twice since January 2022!

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Sponsored By

Laura Baird + George Zulakis

Susan + Tony Pastor

Pat Sharp

Shirley + Dick Shaw

Mary Terzino + Gregg Potter