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

Acclaim | | Syracuse Post-Standard

Billy Bigelow in Carousel at the Glimmerglass Festival

“Audiences despise Billy’s character, but baritone Ryan McKinny’s portrayal, while making no attempt to justify his offenses, reveals the protagonist’s humanity through his confusion and uncertainty. McKinny’s resonant voice, especially effective on “Soliloquy,” gives credibility to his job as the sometimes harsh, sometimes...

Read More
Acclaim | | Houston Chronicle

Escamillo in Carmen at Houston Grand Opera

“Bass-baritone Ryan McKinny was a sonorous Escamillo, bringing Bizet much the same vocal heft he contributed to “Das Rheingold” as Donner, the god of thunder.” Steven Brown, Houston Chronicle “Houston favorite Ryan McKinny is astounding as the confident, handsome, and altogether glamorous toreador Escamillo. His polished and luxurious bass-baritone...

Read More
Acclaim | | Opera News

Title role in Rigoletto at Houston Grand Opera

“Ryan McKinny, who played Rigoletto, is one of the finest singers of his generation. The dark but burnished resonance of his bass-baritone made each iteration of the curse motif (“Quel vecchio maledivami!”) something to savor, and the high-ranging parts added an intensity and crucial vulnerability to the role.” Gregory Barnett, Opera News “During...

Read More
Features | | Arts and Culture TX

Rising Voices: Ryan McKinny

Los Angeles-born and Juilliard-trained baritone Ryan McKinny has made Houston his home. A+C music writer Cortney Jacobs caught up with the rising singer and Houston Grand Opera Studio alum the day before he started rehearsals at HGO for Rigoletto, which runs Jan. 24-Feb. 9. McKinny continues his HGO roll with Das Rheingold April 11-26, followed...

Read More
Features | | Houston Chronicle

Bass-baritone Ryan McKinny brings a vocal elegance to HGO

Houston Grand Opera’s audiences will soon be hearing a lot from bass-baritone Ryan McKinny. He plays one of the most powerful roles in Italian opera, the tormented jester at the center of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” beginning Friday. The company will bring him back in April for double duty, as the charismatic toreador Escamillo in Georges...

Read More
Acclaim | | Wall Street Journal

The Dutchman in Der fliegende Holländer at the Glimmerglass Festival

“However, the production boasted an excellent Dutchman, Ryan McKinny, whose rich bass-baritone and imposing presence brought unusually human, sexy and even pitiable depths to this cursed ship’s captain who is endlessly seeking a woman to redeem him.” Heidi Waleson, Wall Street Journal “The seaman of the title may have been cursed to wander the...

Read More