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

Acclaim | | Santa Fe New Mexican

Jochanaan in Salome at Santa Fe Opera

“Bass-baritone Ryan McKinny, in his house debut, infused Jochanaan with sonorous resonance, the gravitas of his delivery confirming his character’s sense of self-certainty.” James M. Keller, Santa Fe New Mexican “Ryan McKinny has all the goods for a first tier Jochanaan, namely a meaty, forceful bass-baritone that has powerful point and burnished...

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Acclaim | | LA Daily News

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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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