John H. Rizzo is a veteran author and essayist.
He is currently the chief staff writer for Amici Journal, an Italian-American Magazine. For
over twenty-five years he has written comprehensively on opera and
Italian culture. Many of his essays can be read on
www.italianoperachicago.com, the official Internet organ of the Italian
Opera Company of Chicago, a professional organization which he founded
in 2001 and of which he is the artistic director.
Mr. Rizzo also has an extensive
professional background in music and theater, and has appeared in
several made-in-Chicago films. Since 1999 he has been a faculty member
at Oakton College in Des Plaines, Ill. where he teaches Western
Civilization and various classes on Music, Film and Theater.
John H. Rizzo holds a Masters Degree
in Theater from the University of Illinois and is the author and
composer of several musicals for young people. He also made original
translations of the choruses from the Agamemnon of Aeschylus for
which he composed the music. In the summer he leads cultural tours of
Greece and Italy