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. Despite closures due to COVID-19, Aaren has stayed busy with Social Distance Opera as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi and Tinca in Il Tabarro, as well as engaging with the community with virtual concerts and competitions. As live performance has begun to open, Aaren recently sang Don Ottavio with Wichita Grand Opera, returned to Opera Maine this summer for L'elisir d'amore, and premiers his new opera company - Opera in the Pines - alongside two other Maine-based Artists; Sable Strout and Lauren Yokabaskas. He joins American Opera Projects this Fall as the Tenor Fellow for "Composers and the Voice" where he will work alongside new composers to create a variety of new works.