New York City-born tenor Louis Alexander Riva is thrilled to be joining the roster of Virginia Opera’s 2019-2020 Herndon Foundation Emerging Artist Program. He sings Spoletta in Tosca, Priest, Thug #2, and covers Mario Ruoppolo in Il Postino, and sings Frederic and Major General Stanley in the Spring Education and Outreach Tour of Pirates of Penzance.
Louis is a 2011 Bachelor of Music recipient from The Juilliard School. His tenure includes performances as Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Gherardo in Gianni Schicchi, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutte, Sam in Street Scene, as well as summers with the Chautauqua Institute and the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv.
Noted for his “…attractive tone, silken voice, and ardent acting.”, Louis won First Prize in the 2018 Mario Lanza & Elaine Malbin Competition in New York. Recent engagements have marked diverse debuts, including Lyonel in Martha, Fenton and Bardolfo in Falstaff, and Junger Diener in Elektra. As a 2018 Young Artist with the Martina Arroyo Foundation – Prelude to Performance, Louis covered all three tenor roles of Fenton, Dr. Caius, and Bardolfo in Verdi’s Falstaff. Marking his debut with Sarasota Opera as a Fall 2018 and Winter 2019 Apprentice Artist, Louis sang the role of Pong in Turandot. As a 2019 Apprentice artist with Charlottesville Opera, Louis was seen as Garcia in Le Tragedie de Carmen, and Sir Dinadan in Camelot.
An active presence of the professional New York choral scene, Louis has been a featured soloist with MasterVoices, Litha Symphony, New York Choral Society, Orchestra Amadeus, Hellenic Symphony, Nubian Conservatory Ensemble, and Collegiate Singers of New York. Such solo work includes Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Verdi’s Requiem, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Handel’s Saul and Judas Maccabeus, Brahms’ Liebeslieder Walzer, and Mozart’s Coronation Mass.
Louis is equally at ease across a variety of genre, and can be regularly heard on New York City nightlife stages singing pop, big band, jazz, and musical theater. Known for his sparkling performances of hits by Shirley Bassey and Tom Jones, he is the Season 16 Winner of legendary Stonewall Inn’s Sensation competition.