Recognized by Opera News as “one of the finest singers of his generation,” American bass-baritone Ryan McKinny has earned his reputation as an artist with something to say. His relentless curiosity informs riveting character portrayals and beautifully crafted performances, reminding audiences of their shared humanity with characters on stage and screen.

This season, Ryan McKinny brings his commanding bass-baritone and incisive characterization to the opening night of the Metropolitan Opera’s 23/24 season, starring opposite Joyce DiDonato and Susan Graham in Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally’s Dead Man Walking. In addition to an international radio broadcast, the opera is to be simulcast to cinemas in more than 70 countries worldwide as part of the Met Live in HD series. Following an engagement as soloist in Belshazzar’s Feast at the Kennedy Center for the Arts, he makes a dual return to Houston Grand Opera, appearing as Amfortas in Parsifal and Leporello in Don Giovanni. McKinny closes the season with a three-city tour of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s new opera Before It All Goes Dark, commissioned by Music of Remembrance, with world premiere performances in Seattle, San Francisco, and Chicago.

APRIL 2024