Ryan McKinny

— Bass-Baritone

"Ryan McKinny, as the Dutchman, moved through an enormous range of emotions with vocal power and control, and a great deal of theatrical grace. "
Elaine Schmidt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 12, 2019 - Title Role in 'Der fliegende Holländer' with the Milwaukee Symphony

“Ryan McKinny, a fast-rising Wagnerian bass-baritone, created a dynamic portrait of Clarence, who begins with masculine swagger, becomes a monster by degrees, and ends up a guilt-ridden shell.”
Alex Ross, The New Yorker, December 11, 2017 - Clarence in 'Girls of the Golden West' at San Francisco Opera

“Ryan McKinny is a discovery as Amfortas. His intensity and vocal luminosity are superb.”
Werner Fritsch, Hessiche Niedersächsische Allgemein - Amfortas in 'Parsifal' at Bayreuth Festival

“"...a daring performance by the American bass-baritone Ryan McKinny...”
Anthony Tommasini, New York Times - Amfortas in 'Parsifal' at Bayreuth Festival

“Ryan McKinny has all the goods for a first tier Jochanaan, namely a meaty, forceful bass-baritone that has powerful point and burnished quality in every register and volume. Mr. McKinny found all the heft necessary for the big statements, and other times sang with sensitivity, understanding, and ever-present beauty of tone. Ryan brought an oversize presence to the role and true star power to the evening.”
James Shore, Opera Today, August 2015 - Jochanaan in 'Salome' at Santa Fe Opera


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 2018-2019 season, Ryan McKinny makes two important role debuts: the title role in Don Giovanni at Houston Grand Opera and Wotan in Das Rheingold at Opéra de Montréal. He returns to the Dutch National Opera for the European premiere of John Adams’ Girls of the Golden West in a production by Peter Sellars, the same role in which he made . . .

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