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Features | | Chicago on the aisle

Chicago on the aisle: Ryan McKinny sheds the mantle of a murderer for chameleon cape of Don Giovanni at Lyric

Chicago on the aisle Interview: The bass-baritone cautions against painting operatic bad guys with too broad a brush. Mozart, he says, knew better. At Lyric Opera of Chicago through Dec. 8. Bass-baritone Ryan McKinny was Donny-on-the-spot when Lyric Opera of Chicago found itself suddenly bereft of a Don Giovanni  to finish out the current run of Mozart’s opera. A...

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Features | | WFMT

“We’re human just like him.” — Dead Man Walking’s Ryan McKinny on his friendship, artistic partnership with a death row inmate

WFMT “Rising through chipped paint, rusty doors stained steel, and cracked floors, a black rose rose for an encore.” These are the moving opening lines of The Black Rose, a poem written by Terence Andrus. The words take on an added depth considering that since 2012, Andrus has been on death row at Allan B. Polunsky Unit, a maximum-security prison in West...

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Features | | Klassik aktuell

Gespräch mit dem Bassbariton Ryan McKinny

Der 38-jährige US-amerikanische Bassbariton Ryan McKinny im Gespräch mit Franziska Stürz über die Blutwerte von Amfortas in der Bayreuther Parsifal-Produktion, die Kunst, es langsam angehen zu lassen und Freiluftsport als Ausgleich zum...

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Features | | Houston Public Media

Houston Public Media – Don Giovanni: Lover, Womanizer, And Abuser

Houston Public Media This past weekend, Houston Grand Opera began its run of one of Mozart’s most famous operas, Don Giovanni, with Ryan McKinny portraying the title role. Don Giovanni is the Italian version of the famous hedonistic character Don Juan, well known for his pursuit of multiple women. For McKinny, it’s an interesting role to tackle in an era...

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Operawire Artist Of The Week

Ryan McKinny continues to rise the ranks as one of the great American bass-baritones of his time and this week he makes his second role debut of the season in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.” He will be featured in a new production for the Houston Grand Opera. Throughout the past years, McKinny has had a career mixed with classic works by Verdi and Mozart but has also...

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Features | | Houstonia

Houstonia: At HGO, Don Giovanni May (or May Not) Be As Deplorable As You Remember

Ryan McKinny will be wandering into the mind of one of history’s legendary seducers. Mozart and librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte based Don Giovanni on the legends of Don Juan, the rake and rogue who seduced women across the world. The resulting operatic standard, opening this week at Houston Grand Opera, picks up and discards women with an abandon that seems...

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