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

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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Features | | Cultural Attaché

Ryan McKinny is “The Celebrant” in Bernstein’s Mass

When Leonard Bernstein’s Mass had its world premiere in 1971, the world was, to put in bluntly, a mess. The war in Southeast Asia was still going strong, political assassinations had shocked the world, popular culture was shifting radically and civil rights were becoming more and more important. In other words, it was a time not unlike our own. Critics didn’t...

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Acclaim | | New York Times

Girls of the Golden West at the San Francisco Opera

“The opera opens with Clarence, a hearty miner (the exuberant bass-baritone Ryan McKinny), who sets up the story almost as if giving a lecture. “It was a driving, vigorous, restless population,” Mr. McKinny sings lustily over skittish, pointillist music in the orchestra. “Not dainty, simpering kid-gloved weaklings, but muscular, stalwart, dauntless young...

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Acclaim | | The Classical Review

“Das Rheingold” at Tanglewood

“David Butt Philip and Ryan McKinny made for strong vocal presences as Froh and Donner respectively. When Donner summons the weather to reveal the rainbow bridge at opera’s end, McKinny’s singing rang fully in the Shed’s copious space.” The Classical Review

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Acclaim | | Broadway World

Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro at Washington National Opera

“Bass-baritone Ryan McKinny brings charm and virility to the role of Figaro. Seen last season in the dual roles of Donner and Gunther in the epic RING CYCLE at WNO, McKinny here shows off his comic chops and his shining voice as the Count’s wily valet. McKinny’s “Se vuol ballare” and “Non piu andrai” were just about perfect. His...

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