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

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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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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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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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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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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