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Critical acclaim of Ryan’s performances, interviews & press features

Acclaim | | Chicago Classical Review

Don Giovanni at the Lyric Opera

“McKinny encompassed all of the variegated demands of the role. He threw off his humorous repartee with Matthew Rose’s Leporello with fine speed and agility, and communicated the dissolute, sadistic side of the Don as well as the seductive charisma. His lovely floated Serenade was a highlight Tuesday night.”

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Acclaim | | Chicago Classical Review

Dead Man Walking in Chicago

“Ryan McKinny made a knockout Lyric Opera debut as the condemned murderer, Joseph De Rocher. The American singer didn’t set a shackled foot wrong as the embittered, heavily tattooed convict– distrustful of Sister Helen’s motivations, cynical about his imminent execution and refusing to admit his guilt. McKinny is a first-rate actor, wholly inhabiting the...

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Acclaim | | GBOPERA

Amfortas at the Bayreuth Festival

“Ryan McKinny, forte di una fisicità hollywoodiana, ha dato vita ad un Cristo dolente -agnello di Dio- con tanto di corona di spine e sangue di Passione, convincendo sin dalle prima battute per l’accento con cui ha gestito il canto e la forza di una voce eroica piena e ricca di squillo.” Claudia Bilotti, GBOPERA “On est impressionné par la voix...

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Acclaim | | ConcertoNet

Mahler’s Symphony No. 8

“Ryan McKinny’s Pater Ecstaticus was fervent in his “Ewiger Wonnebrand” with a burnished, gravely sound that gave way to a thrilling upper range.” ConcertoNet

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Acclaim | | Houstonia Magazine

Don Giovanni debut in Houston

“Bass-baritone Ryan McKinny makes his role debut as the title character, and he’s magnetic. We first see Don Giovanni as he’s running out of the bedroom behind Donna Anna, shirt unbuttoned and hair disheveled, and he’s tall, lithe, and dangerously charismatic. When he flashes his rakish smile, it’s lethal, and it certainly doesn’t take much...

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Acclaim | | New York Times

Girls of the Golden West at the Dutch National Opera

“Ryan McKinny’s bass-baritone is terrifyingly masculine” New York Times “Lucas van Lierop, taking over the role of Joe Cannon from Paul Appleby, did an excellent job, as did Ryan McKinny as Clarence” Opera Magazine

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