Ryan McKinny

Ryan McKinny

Vocalists — Bass-Baritone

“During Friday's opening performance, Ryan McKinny's deep, resonant tones and bursts of power made Rigoletto's inner darkness hit home without theatrical gimmicks. Despite being a bass-baritone, McKinny reinforced Rigoletto's fury by singing the notes, unwritten by Verdi, that high baritones usually add; their punch got the message across. When Rigoletto faced tormenting courtiers, McKinny's acid-tinged delivery demonstrated how words were Rigoletto's weapon of choice. But when Rigoletto was with Gilda, McKinny sang with a breadth and sonorousness that revealed the loving side Rigoletto kept hidden from the world.” —Steven Brown, Houston Chronicle, January 26, 2014 - Title role in 'Rigoletto' 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

“However, the production boasted an excellent Dutchman, Ryan McKinny, whose rich bass-baritone and imposing presence brought unusually human, sexy and even pitiable depths to this cursed ship's captain who is endlessly seeking a woman to redeem him.” —Heidi Waleson, Wall Street Journal, August 14, 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)

In the 2013 – 2014 season, Ryan McKinny returns to Houston Grand Opera for his role debut as the title role in Verdi’s Rigoletto and to the Metropolitan Opera as Theseus in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream under James Conlon. He will also be seen as Escamillo in Carmen and Donner in Das Rheingold, both at Houston Grand Opera. In concert . . .

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