Tenor Vale Rideout was born in Lawrence, Kansas, and grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado. He began his training at Chapman University in Orange, California, and received his degree in opera from the University of Northern Colorado. He continued his training with apprenticeships at the Chautauqua Opera and the Central City Opera, where he sang in a recording of The Ballad of Baby Doe. He has performed with numerous American regional opera companies, in roles including Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Albert in Albert Herring, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, and Frederick in The Pirates of Penzance. In concert he has appeared in the Encores! series in New York, and with the Indianapolis Symphony, the Naples Philharmonic, and the Orchestra of St Luke’s. Rideout also played an extended run as Raoul in the Hamburg production of The Phantom of the Opera. In the United States he was featured as Tony in Terrence McNally’s Master Class, as Tony in West Side Story, as Man 1 in Closer Than Ever, and he played the cello and sang in the 2000–01 national tour of Cabaret.