Press

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

Features | | The Wall Street Journal

Singing at a Social Distance

The Wall Street Journal “Newly created opera films now available from U.S. companies include Mr. Little’s “Vinkensport, or The Finch Opera” (Houston Grand Opera/Marquee TV). This engaging 45-minute comedy, featuring the obscure Belgian sport of finch sitting, has been artfully co-directed by Ryan McKinny (who also plays one of the six roles) and E. Loren...

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Acclaim | | Houston Press

Vinkensport at Houston Grand Opera

“Vinkensport is billed as comic opera, but there’s so much more to it, thanks to the stunning co-direction from bass-baritone Ryan McKinny and E. Loren Meeker. Visually, it’s a treat, a real movie.” Houston Press

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Features | | Houstonia Magazine

HGO Isn’t “Fowltering” with Its Mockumentary Staging of Vinkensport

Houstonia Magazine f Vinkensport, or The Finch Opera isn’t just for the birds—even if its name might make you think otherwise. This unconventional comedy, which becomes available to stream later this week, dives into the highly competitive and totally real-world of “finch-sitting.” Seriously, the sport (yep, it’s considered a sport) dates back to the late...

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Acclaim | | Washington Classical Review

Don Giovanni at the Washington National Opera

“Baritone Ryan McKinny sang the title role with considerable finesse. His best moment came in the delicately spun “Deh, vieni alla finestra,” accompanied by Neil Gladd’s mandolin from the pit.” Washington Classical Review “As the Don, Ryan McKinny unspooled smooth, stylish sound, a forceful snarl lurking beneath a suave...

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Acclaim | | Chicago Tribune

The 10 most memorable classical music performances of 2019

Chicago Tribune “Dead Man Walking,” Nov. 2 at Lyric Opera of Chicago This bold staging of Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally’s masterpiece — inspired by Sister Helen Prejean’s best-selling book — was a high point of the year. The shock of its opening scene, the spiritual struggles it subsequently explores and the importance of its ruminations on the...

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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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