Saturday, March 21, 2015

Ryan McKinny makes role debut as Mozart's Count

Pretty Yende and Ryan McKinny in LA Opera's Marriage of Figaro

Ryan McKinny made his role debut as the Count in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro with the Los Angeles Opera. Other than a run as Der Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte at the Met last season, Mozart has been virtually non-existent in the American's repertory. There will be five more performances until the show closes on April 12th. A look at his calendar shows that it may be awhile before you can hear him in a Mozart again.

After garnering worldwide acclaim for his Kurwenal in Houston and Dutchman at Glimmerglass, the music of Richard Wagner has been playing the biggest role in his career. His upcoming calendar includes Biterolf in Tannhäuser at the Met, Amfortas in Parsifal at the Teatro Colón, Donner in Das Rheingold and Gunther in Gotterdammerung at Washington National Opera.

Ryan McKinny as Stanley Kowalski and the Dutchman
After L.A., McKinny heads to the Santa Fe Opera to sing Jochanaan in Richard Strauss' Salome  from July 18- August 27. The cast also includes hunkentenor  Brian Jagde as Narraboth and Alex Penda as Salome.

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