Aaren Rivard, Tenor, is a Maine native praised for a "full and clear" sound. He has appeared with prominent companies such as Pensacola Opera, Opera Colorado, Central City Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Wichita Grand Opera, and Opera Maine. His favorite roles performed include Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Tito in La clemenza di Tito, and Bénédict in Béatrice et Bénédict. Mr. Rivard has a growing list of concert credits as well, including Handel's Messiah, Mozart's Requiem, various Bach Cantatas, Whitbourn's Magnificat, and Orff's Carmina Burana. He received his degrees from the University of Southern Maine and Wichita State University. His musical work has been recognized by various organizations, such as the Naftzger Association's Vocal Prize and Central City Opera's prestigious Moriarty Award. Mr. Rivard was scheduled to make his debut with Chautauqua Opera this summer as Spoletta in Tosca and Andrew Johnson in Mother of Us All. Despite closures due to COVID-19, Aaren is staying busy with Social Distance Opera as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi and Tinca in Il Tabarro, and engaging with the community with virtual concerts and competitions.