Aspen Music Festival And School

Ryan McKinny Back To Performers

Instrumental Focus

  • bass-baritone

American bass-baritone Ryan McKinny has been praised for his “elegant and articulate” vocalism (OC Register), as well as a powerful voice that “drips with gold.” (Opera News)

In the 2017-2018 season, McKinny debuted at the San Francisco Opera in the world premiere of John Adams’ Girls of the Golden West in a production by Peter Sellars and will sing his first performances of Mandryka in a new production of Arabella directed by Uwe Laufenberg at Staatstheater Wiesbaden. He returns to Santa Fe Opera as J. Robert Oppenheimer in John Adams’ Dr. Atomic and makes his role debut in the title role of Eugene Onegin at Hawaii Opera Theater. With Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, he performs Arias and Barcarolles to celebrate the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein.

On the concert stage, Mr. McKinny sang the world premiere of Shostakovich’s uncompleted opera Orango under Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic with stage direction by Peter Sellars which was reprised in London with the London Philharmonia.

Mr. McKinny was the first recipient of the Birgit Nilsson Prize for singing Wagner at Plácido Domingo’s Operalia Competition held at Teatro alla Scala in Milan and the Kirsten Flagstad/George London Award from the George London Foundation. He is featured in the film The Audition released by Decca on DVD.

Robert Spano, Music Director

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