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

Acclaim | | Broadway World

Doctor Atomic at Santa Fe Opera

“McKinny showed the audience the human side of the scientific genius and I doubt that operagoers who saw his portrayal will soon forget it… By this time, McKinny as Oppenheimer is severely troubled and with golden baritonal sounds he sings lines of John Donne that begin: “Batter my heart, Three-Person’d God.” Although Adams’s music...

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Features | | Broadway World

BWW Interview: Ryan McKinny of DR ATOMIC at Santa Fe Opera

MN: Where are you from originally? R McK: Los Angeles, CA MN: Are there other musicians in your family? RMcK: Both my parents studied classical guitar at the University of Southern California. MN: Where did you study? RMcK: First, I studied at Pasadena City College, then Cal State Northridge and after that at the Juilliard School. MN: What instruments do you...

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Features | | Opera News

Looking for Adventure

“Singing is most powerful to me when it’s deeply connected to our whole lives,” says Ryan McKinny. These are telling words from a singer who has forged his career not as a series of stops on the opera circuit but as a process of exploration—and whose reputation stands as much on his thoughtful approach to his work as on the intrinsic appeal of his...

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Features | | Albuquerque Journal

Opera depicts Oppenheimer, birth of the bomb

The glowing menace of the mushroom cloud mixed genius with death. John Adams’ “Doctor Atomic” shows the father of nuclear weapons in all his complexity; the charismatic leader, the cold calculation and the horror at what his work had wrought. The dramatic piece opens for the first time in the state of the bomb’s gestation and birth at the Santa Fe Opera on...

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Acclaim | | Laufenberg

Arabella in Wiesbaden

“Ryan McKinny spielt ihn in der Wiesbadener Neuinszenierung nicht als ungehobelten Rumpelmacho aus dem exotischen Slawonien, sondern als eleganten Träumer, dem man den wilden Ruf nach scharf geschliffenen Säbeln nicht recht abnehmen mag. Auch seinen bassgetönten Bariton setzt er sehr zurückhaltend ein.” Laufenberg

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Acclaim | | LA Times

L.A. Phil’s ‘Mass’

“The center of it all is baritone Ryan McKinny’s Celebrant. Rather than a naive, young, folk-singing cleric who struggles with the demands of institutionalized religion and the contemporary world, McKinny proved a more mature, more authentically troubling cross between Moses, the cult leader Jim Jones and 1960s countercultural spiritualist Alan Watts. In...

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