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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. His defeat at the hands of his servants, and his wife, is a sweet victory.”

Jim Farber, LA Daily News

“Ryan McKinny, however, never falls short in the acting department (apparent also in his portrayal of Stanley in Streetcar Named Desire seen here in 2014). He is all the arrogant, entitled count – handsome, sensual, and duplicitous – which made his comic sequences all the funnier. Nor did his singing disappoint with his pleasing, lyrical baritone.”

Jane Rosenberg, International Review of Music

“Upstairs at Downton we had Ryan McKinny as a Count Almaviva who, after playing Act I like a louche playboy out for a stroll, brought a real imposing menace to his confrontation with the Countess in her bed chamber. He was particularly fine in his Act III showcase with an elegant line and clear articulation in the passagework at the end of the aria which always seems to take so many baritones by surprise. I can’t fail to mention his final,”Contessa perdono” was delivered with such shattering simplicity it could have moved a stone to tears.”

Patrick Mack, Parterre Box