PRESS

Praise for the U.S. premiere of Philip Glass’s The Perfect American | Long Beach Opera/Chicago Opera Theater

“VOCAL AND PHYSICAL CHARISMA, TOUCHING DRAMATIC RANGE”

The Perfect American” is pretty much all Walt all the time, and for that, Justin Ryan’s overbearing yet fragile portrayal has the vocal and physical charisma, as well as the dramatic range. He proved especially touching when facing what Walt feared the most.”
-MARK SWED Los Angeles Times 3/13/2017

“A BELIEVABLE, COMMANDING BARITONE”

“Justin Ryan gave an even more believable impression of the real Walt Disney, as depicted in biographies, than the originator of the role in Madrid, a sense of restless energy keeping his character in constant motion… cutting through the Terrace’s distant acoustics with a commanding baritone”
-RICHARD S. GINELL  Musical America 3/15/2017

“A SUBTLE, SYMPATHETIC PERFORMANCE, ALLURING CHARISMA”

“The show hinges on its lead performance by baritone Justin Ryan, who graces the stage not only with a mellifluous voice, but also note-perfect acting. He deftly captures both the alluring charisma of the real Disney as well as the private mania inherent… The subtleties in his performance make his Walt Disney sympathetic to the audience without excusing any of his deep, deep personality flaws.
-BRYSON DAVID HOFF Chicagoland Musical Theatre 4/23/2017

“RIVETING”

“But the afternoon belonged to Justin Ryan’s riveting performance of Walt Disney. His rich bass baritone and nuanced acting navigated every musical sequence with assurance and resonance throughout”
-LEONNE LEWIS Miroirs CA 3/15/2017

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Hopper’s Wife | New York City Opera

“A STRONG PORTRAYAL, DEFTLY CONVEYING DIFFICULT SCENES.”

“The baritone Justin Ryan offered a strong portrayal of Hopper, deftly conveying difficult scenes… Some of the most evocative music accompanied his suicide.”
-VIVIEN SCHWEITZER The New York Times 4/29/2016

“EVOCATIVE AND THRILLINGLY EXECUTED”

“As the gloomy, low-key Hopper, baritone Justin Ryan had some of the most dramatic moments in Wallace’s music, and his evocative suicide was thrilling executed.”
-RICHARD SASANOW Broadway World 5/02/2016

“A HEFTY VOICE, DARING AND UNFLINCHING”

“As Hopper, Justin Ryan combined a hefty voice (he evoked Gerald Finley, pleasantly so) with a bit of daring, especially in the penultimate scene when Hopper goes mad before his Wozzeck-like death as he walks into the ocean. The sound here was notable… Ryan is to be commended for plunging in unflinchingly.”
-BRUCE HODGES Musical America 5/05/2016


Impresario Now! | The Featherstone Center, Martha’s Vineyard

“SUBLIME”

“Baritone Justin Ryan [was] so sublime that you could understand as if for the first time the lyric from The Impresario, ‘And we’ll make the world rejoice!’”
—HOLLY NADLER  MV Times 08/05/2015


The Emperor Norton | Chelsea Opera, New York City

“A WINNING PORTRAYAL OF THE INTRUDER”

“Justin Ryan gave a winning portrayal of The Intruder. His character’s departures into reverie were quite moving. He caught exactly the right dramatic tone and did not overplay Norton’s craziness — Ryan made Norton lovable…”
—ARLO McKINNON OPERA NEWS 02/2015

“RYAN WAS A COMMANDING PRESENCE”

“As Norton, Ryan was a commanding presence; his large deep voice conveyed a wealth of human experience as both singer and character.”
—JEAN B. TAREPKA THEATERSCENE 11/2014

“A COMPELLING CHARACTER SUNG AND PLAYED WITH TREMENDOUS CHARISMA & SYMPATHY”

“Working with the other characters, Norton (sung and played with tremendous charisma and sympathy by baritone Justin Ryan), brings them back in time to retell events in his life. These are evocative scenes that shape Norton as a compelling character.”
—GEORGE GRELLA NEW YORK CLASSICAL REVIEW 11/2014


Madama Butterfly | Chelsea Opera

“UNUSUALLY FORCEFUL BARITONE”

“Justin Ryan was an unusually forceful Sharpless, using the full impact of his burly baritone to convey his anger at ‘quel diavolo d’un Pinkerton’.”
—FRED COHN OPERA NEWS 06/2012

“A WARM FATHERLY BARITONE LENDING DIMENSION & GENUINE CONFLICT”

“Justin Ryan displayed a warm, fatherly baritone as Sharpless, lending dimension to the American consul and genuine conflict as he read Pinkerton’s letter.”
—PAUL PELKONEN SUPERCONDUCTOR 06/2012


Angel of the Amazon | Encompass Opera & Live CD

“INTIMIDATING CAVERNOUS VOICE”

“Justin Ryan, as the Bishop, displays an intimidating, cavernous voice.”
—JOSHUA ROSENBLUM OPERA NEWS 10/2012

“RYAN USED HIS INSTRUMENT WITH AUTHORITY & STYLE”

“Baritone Justin Ryan used his instrument with authority and style in his dual roles of the Bishop and the second gunman.”
—SARAH HEISLER OPERAGASM 05/2011


The Tender Land | Bronx Opera

“COMMANDING & GREGARIOUS”

“Justin Ryan was commanding and gregarious as the itinerant Top, owning the stage every time he set foot on it.”
—OUSSAMA ZAHR OPERA NEWS 05/2007


Werther | Sarasota Opera

“PROPERLY UPRIGHT & JUST RIGHT”

“Justin Ryan, as Charlotte’s husband, Albert, was properly upright, and his recognition at the Act 2 curtain that Werther loved his wife was just right.”
—JOHN FLEMING ST PETERSBURG TIMES 03/2004

“EXCELLENT.”

“Justin Ryan was excellent as Charlotte’s husband Albert…”
—GEORGE LOOMIS FINANCIAL TIMES LONDON 03/2004


 

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