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CRITICS RAVE ABOUT RIGOLETTO AT HGO

“‘RIGOLETTO’ STAR CAPTURES THE CHARACTER’S DARKNESS; CAST SHINES...
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."
-Houston Chronicle 

"There's no denying his natural stage presence, acting chops, and a rich rounded voice... His is an upward career to watch - and enjoy with pleasure."
-Houston Press

“DRAMATIC, LYRICAL, AND POWERFUL: RYAN MCKINNY’S RIGOLETTO DEBUT... 
McKinny’s beautifully crafted, often understated, performance was one that emphasized Rigoletto’s humanity and the lyricism of the vocal line that Verdi created for him.”
-Opera Warhorses
“He fully inhabits his take on character that he creates and is he believable every second. Even at this nascent place in his career, his resonant voice and nuanced expression gives us a fully formed and unique interpretation of the role. How he will sing it 10 years from now is eagerly anticipated.
As an actor, he does the some of the best work of anyone working within the static staging. He is at his best in the duet with Gilda, his daughter, whom he has carefully hidden away from the prying eyes, and other body parts, of the randy nobles at court. At the end, when he holds her dying body in his hands, the backfire of his obsession with taking murderous revenge on the Duke for seducing her, his anguish is terrible to behold.
-TheaterJones

 “Ryan McKinny, doing this role for the first time, is so good he's somewhere beyond excellent.”
-Houston Theater Year

“Ryan McKinny’s handsome features were skewed into a physically emaciated, lopsided Rigoletto. His voice, however, was healthy and eased through the role’s demands.”
-ConcertoNet