Ryan McKinny

Ryan McKinny

Vocalists — Bass-Baritone

“Ryan McKinny, who played Rigoletto, is one of the finest singers of his generation. The dark but burnished resonance of his bass-baritone made each iteration of the curse motif ("Quel vecchio maledivami!") something to savor, and the high-ranging parts added an intensity and crucial vulnerability to the role.” —Gregory Barnett, Opera News, May 2014 - Title role in 'Rigoletto' at Houston Grand Opera

“Houston favorite Ryan McKinny is astounding as the confident, handsome, and altogether glamorous toreador Escamillo. His polished and luxurious bass-baritone voice perfectly commands our attention...” —David Clark, Broadway World, April 27, 2014 - Escamillo in 'Carmen' at Houston Grand Opera

“Ryan McKinny has served notice that he is poised to be the Heldenbariton of choice...” —James Sohre, Opera Today, August 13, 2013 - The Dutchman in 'Der fliegende Holländer' at the Glimmerglass Festival


American bass-baritone Ryan McKinny has been praised for his “elegant and articulate” vocalism (OC Register), as well as a powerful voice that “drips with gold.” (Opera News)

Ryan McKinny begins the 2014 – 2015 season in a return to the Metropolitan Opera as the Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte. He also returns to the Los Angeles Opera for his role debut as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, as well as his debut at Hawaii Opera Theatre in Francesca Zambello’s production of Der fliegende Holländer. Mr. McKinny makes . . .

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