Justin Ryan has appeared in opera and concert with companies across the United States, earning critical acclaim for his “commanding presence” (Opera News) and singing of “tremendous sympathy and charisma” (New York Classical Review).
Ryan makes company debuts this season with Long Beach Opera and Chicago Opera Theater, where he appears as the American animator-icon Walt Disney in the American premiere of Philip Glass’ semi-biographical fantasia, The Perfect American.
This follows a critically heralded debut with New York City Opera in 2016, where Ryan delivered a “strong, deftly conveyed” (New York Times) performance of the painter Edward Hopper in Stewart Wallace’s surrealist opera, Hopper’s Wife.
Other highlights from last season include Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro with Connecticut Lyric Opera, a concert of the music of Britten and Vaughan Williams with the Helena Symphony, a New York Opera Festival world premiere in Deborah Mason’s The Rape of the Lock, and a return to Martha’s Vineyard as Figaro in Wendy Tauscher’s new production of The Barber of Seville.
In 2014-2015, Ryan made house debuts with Opera Columbus, Opera Lancaster, and Mississippi Opera, he appeared in concert with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Greenwich Choral Society, and the Victor Herbert Renaissance Project, and he returned to New York and critical acclaim in a “winning portrayal” (Opera News) of the title role in Chelsea Opera’s new production of Henry Mollicone’s The Emperor Norton.
At Lincoln Center, Ryan’s recent company debut in Fervaal with the American Symphony Orchestra was followed by a return to Avery Fisher Hall as the Father in the Little Orchestra Society’s production of Hansel and Gretel. Previously at Lincoln Center with the Little Orchestra Society, he appeared in a pair of operettas by Victor Herbert, as Etienne Grandet in Naughty Marietta and as Prince Franz in Sweethearts.
A successful interpreter of operatic roles ranging from Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Count Almaviva, to romantic roles in works by Donizetti, Verdi, and Puccini, Ryan has also performed with Sarasota Opera, Hunter Symphony Orchestra, Toledo Opera, Longview Opera, Belleayre Music Festival, Vertical Repertory Opera, New York Grand Opera, and the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, and he toured in the title role of Rossini’s Il Signor Bruschino in educational outreach with the Metropolitan Opera.
Ryan’s repertoire in oratorio and concert includes Mendelssohn’s St. Paul, heard in performance last season with the Orchestra and Chorus of the Greenwich Choral Society, Handel’s Messiah, Brahms’ German Requiem, Faure Requiem, Schubert’s Mass in G, Mozart’s Requiem, and David Diamond’s This Sacred Ground as performed in recent seasons with the Vox Ama Deus ensemble of Philadelphia, the Long Bay Symphony, the New Amsterdam Symphony, Hunter Symphony Orchestra, and the Little Orchestra Society of New York.
Ryan can be heard as a recording artist on Evan Mack’s Angel of the Amazon, released to critical praise in 2012 on Albany Records, and as the featured soloist in composer Tim Brown’s collection of songs based on the poetry of Pablo Neruda, Luces y Sombras (Songs of Light, Songs of Shadow), available on Capstone Records. Ryan’s voice has been broadcast on New York City radio in the New York Lottery Mega Millions ‘Modern Major General’ advertising campaign.
The Los Angeles native was raised in San Antonio, Texas, is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas, and resides in New York City with his wife, the soprano Lara Ryan.