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

Acclaim | | New York Times

Amfortas in Parsifal at the Bayreuth Festival

“…a daring performance by the American bass-baritone Ryan McKinny…” Anthony Tommasini, New York 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...

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Acclaim | | Voix des Arts

Gunther in Götterdämmerung at Washington National Opera

“… the singer’s comfort in the role’s music was absolute, and McKinny traversed the full range of his part without an iota of stress not required by the drama. … Brenna and McKinny sang ‘Treue trink’ ich dem Freund!’ thrillingly, their voices combining like lightning and thunder … Providing soaring accounts of ‘Brünnhild’,...

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Acclaim | | Opera News

Amfortas in Parsifal at Teatro Colón

“Ryan McKinny’s Amfortas was simply irresistible in his heart-breaking plea as the human Grail at the heart of this insightful and moving production.” Agustín Blanco-Bazán, Opera News “Ryan McKinny war ein beeindruckender Amfortas, der seine besten Momente im Finale des 3. Aufzugs hatte. Er stellte das Leiden der Figur äußerst überzeugend...

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Acclaim | | Santa Fe New Mexican

Jochanaan in Salome at Santa Fe Opera

“Bass-baritone Ryan McKinny, in his house debut, infused Jochanaan with sonorous resonance, the gravitas of his delivery confirming his character’s sense of self-certainty.” James M. Keller, Santa Fe New Mexican “Ryan McKinny has all the goods for a first tier Jochanaan, namely a meaty, forceful bass-baritone that has powerful point and burnished...

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Acclaim | | LA Daily News

Il Conte in Le Nozze di Figaro at LA Opera

“Intended or not, McKinny’s Count Almaviva evokes the type of buff, bare-chested swagger and imperious self-importance associated with Vladimir Putin. And with his strong voice and robust authority, that’s just how McKinny plays him. He is a man that sees himself in total control of his world with little regard for those that he hurts, including his wife....

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Acclaim | | Syracuse Post-Standard

Billy Bigelow in Carousel at the Glimmerglass Festival

“Audiences despise Billy’s character, but baritone Ryan McKinny’s portrayal, while making no attempt to justify his offenses, reveals the protagonist’s humanity through his confusion and uncertainty. McKinny’s resonant voice, especially effective on “Soliloquy,” gives credibility to his job as the sometimes harsh, sometimes...

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