Brenton Ryan



Winner of the Birgit Nilsson prize at the 2016 Operalia competition, tenor Brenton Ryan is hailed by Opera News for his “remarkable tonal suavity and refined phrasing,” and is quickly establishing himself as a singer of great vocal diversity and dramatic depth. The 2017-18 season sees Mr. Ryan’s return to the Metropolitan Opera as ‘Spoletta’ in a new production of Tosca directed by Sir David McVicar, conducted by Emmanuel Villaume, which was broadcast to theatres around the world as part of the Met’s Live in HD program. Mr. Ryan also makes his house debut with Opera Philadelphia as ‘Monostatos’ in the Barrie Kosky production of Die Zauberflöte, and his house debut with Santa Fe Opera singing the role of ‘Dancing Master’ in Ariadne auf Naxos, and covering the role of ‘Goro’ in Madama Butterfly. Additional engagements include his house debut with Dallas Opera singing both ‘Gastone’ in La Traviata and ‘Florian’ in Der Ring des Polykrates, as well as a return to LA Opera singing ‘John Wormley’ in a concert performance of Matthew Aucoin’s The Crossing.

The 2018 – 2019 season will see Mr. Ryan’s return to the Met to sing ‘Spoletta’ in Davd McVicar’s production of Tosca and ‘Monostatos’ in the Julie Taymor production of Die Zauberflöte. Mr. Ryan will also return to Opera Philadelphia for his role debut as ‘Lysander’ in the U.S. premiere of Robert Carsen’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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“The tenor Brenton Ryan made a convincing house and role debut as the wily servant Pedrillo, singing with a fresh, clarion tone and dramatic aplomb.”

Corinna de Fonseca-Wollheim

New York Times

“Brenton Ryan, making his first Met appearance, is impressive as Pedrillo, especially in his third act aria “Im Mohrenland”.”

Wilborn Hampton

Huffington Post

“Tenor Brenton Ryan makes a winning impression as the cabaret-style Fool who snakes his way through Andrew George’s insinuating choreography.”

Heidi Weiss

Chicago Sun Times

“I particularly admired Brenton Ryan in the Peter Pears role of Male Chorus (Pears was Britten’s lover and a distinguished tenor); Ryan’s diction was some of the best of the evening.”

Philip Kennicott

Washington Post

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“In ‘Nel suo divin sembiante,’ the soprano was partnered with remarkable tonal suavity and refined phrasing by Brenton Ryan.”

Opera News 

“Rosina’s son and Almaviva’s daughter, Léon and Florestine, portrayed by Brenton Ryan and Stacey Tappan, sang with honeyed tones.”

Maria Nockin – Opera Today 

“Ryan displayed a bright and excitingly rich voice with great high notes and showed his ability to portray a charming and witty aristocract.”

Randolph Lacy – Wichita Eagle 

“Ryan and Colclough got most of the comic assignments and were as comfortable dramatically as they were vocally. Both have splendid diction and can sing effectively at both extremes of their dynamic ranges.”

Joan Reinthaler – The Washington Post 

“Ryan has made a stunning HGO debut as the dreamy idealist Henrik Egerman. It is perhaps the trickiest role to bring off, and that’s saying a lot when it comes to A Little Night Music, which is filled with tricky roles. Ryan is, however, the most dynamic actor in this cast, and that’s saying a lot as well. Let’s hope that HGO invites him back for an even weightier role next season.”

Theodore Bale – Culture Map Houston