Vocalist - Tenor
Vale Rideout is featured soloist for Handel's 'Messiah' performances
Tenor Vale Rideout said he is looking forward to his first visit to Pensacola. He'll be joining the Choral Society of Pensacola and the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra as a featured soloist for the performance of the holiday favorite, Handel's "Messiah." Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Hillcrest Baptist Church, 800 E. Nine Mile Road, and 3 p.m. Dec. 2 at Saint Sylvester Catholic Church, 6464 Gulf Breeze Parkway.

Rideout's career includes roles as Alfred in "Die Fledermaus" with the San Francisco Opera and Almaviva in "Il Barbiere di Siviglia" with the National Philharmonic. He appears as a soloist in "Carmina Burana" with the Virginia Symphony, in "Messiah" with the Seattle Symphony and in Mozart's "C Minor Mass" with the Huntsville Symphony. He also has extensive experience in musical theater, including the national tour of "Cabaret" directed by Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall.

The accomplished tenor said he grew up in "a very musical and artistic home," and names Mozart, Britten, Bach, Bernstein, Handel, Haydn, Stravinsky, Puccini and Donizetti among his favorite composers.

Q: What is special for you about Handel's "Messiah"?

A: Having been raised as a Christian, "Messiah" is such a beautiful celebration of the joy of Christ and the joy of humanity. The music is so full of spirit and character and embodies such a spiritual lyricism.

Q: When performing such a perennial favorite, how do you keep it fresh? Is there a secret to bringing something new to the piece each time?

A: I haven't had to perform "Messiah" too many times yet, so it's not a challenge with me. But I believe that masterworks such as "Messiah" aren't hard to re-discover. There is always more that can be found in a work such as this, and the spirit of the music is always wonderful to revisit.

Q: What are the challenges of making a living with your voice?

A: This is a difficult question to answer. While I am so very fortunate to have a successful career as a singer and actor and to do what I truly love, the difficulties center around the amount of time one spends traveling. The greater the success, the greater the time spent away from home. This creates difficulties, which can be overcome, but which require much more effort while one is mobile.

There are also difficulties with regard to health and fitness. To perform, one must be healthy. A life of traveling doesn't often provide a healthy environment, and therefore one has to be more diligent at staying away from sickness. It is also important to remain in good physical shape, and to do that requires creativity while traveling due to the different locations in which one finds oneself.
Pensacola News Journal
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