Reviews in for Ryan McKinny's Figaro at Washington National Opera
“Bass-baritone Ryan McKinny brings charm and virility to the role of Figaro. Seen last season in the dual roles of Donner and Gunther in the epic RING CYCLE at WNO, McKinny here shows off his comic chops and his shining voice as the Count's wily valet. McKinny's "Se vuol ballare" and "Non piu andrai" were just about perfect. His aria in the latter part of the opera, when Figaro is convinced his Susanna has cuckolded him with the Count, "Aprite un po'quegli occhi," was magnificent.”
Jeffrey Walker, Broadway World
“McKinny livens up his manservant with a fair bit of silliness and jumping about and also gives him some leading-man gravitas with his luxuriant bass-baritone.”
Kate Wingfield, Metro Weekly
“Ryan McKinny had the strongest vocal outing as Figaro, matched by the best comic timing.“ Charles T. Downey, Washington Classical Review
"Ryan McKinny’s Figaro navigates quick thinking in comically compromising situations, duets with his love Susanna, and his rage-filled aria about unfaithful women, his resonant bass-baritone carrying us through Mozart’s timeless work.”
Julia Hurley, DC Metro Theater Arts
The Nordbayerischer Kurier interviews Ryan McKinny (auf Deustch)
Amfortas: "Bin ein positiver Mensch"
Von Wolfgang Karl
BAYREUTH. So hinfällig wirkt er gar nicht, im Gegenteil: Ryan McKinny wirkt im Interview lockler, entspannt und ziemlich fit. Auf der Bühne ist er Amfortas, ein Gralskönig als Schmerzensmann. Im normalen Leben ist er ein "positiver Mensch", sagt er. Ein Amfortas, dem der Gral von Bayreuth Freude gibt.
Critics praise Ryan McKinny's Amfortas at the Bayreuther Festspiele
"...a daring performance by the American bass-baritone Ryan McKinny..."
Anthony Tommasini, NY Times
"Bei den Sängern fällt vor allem der wunderbar volle Schmelz von Ryan McKinny als Amfortas auf"
"Of the singers, especially striking was the wonderful full luster of Ryan McKinny as Amfortas."
Lucas Wiegelmann, die Welt
"American baritone Ryan McKinny as a noble and agonised Amfortas"
"this was a cast of distinction, helping Bayreuth to recover its reputation for musical and artistic supremacy."
Mark Ronan, the Telegraph
"Eine Entdeckung ist Ryan McKinny als Amfortas. Grandios seine Intensität und stimmliche Leuchtkraft.”
“Ryan McKinny is a discovery as Amfortas. His intensity and vocal luminosity are superb."
Werner Fritsch, Hessiche Niedersächsische Allgemein
Slipped Disc Exclusive: The private thoughts of Bayreuth's Amfortas
Why We Need Parsifal
Durch Mitleid wissend. Through compassion, understanding. This phrase has been in my ear for the last six weeks...
Ryan will replace Iain Paterson as Kurwenal in Deutsche Oper Berlin's run of Tristan und Isolde on June 5th, 12th and 18th alongside Nina Stemme and Stephen Gould in the title roles. Donald Runnicles conducts.