(Los Angeles, California)
2017–18 Season: Clarence King in Girls of the Golden West
Performing for the first time at San Francisco Opera as Clarence King in John Adams' Girls of the Golden West, bass-baritone Ryan McKinny recently performed as Richard Nixon in Adams’ Nixon in China with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and as Amfortas in Parsifal at the Bayreuth Festival. Last season he returned to Washington National Opera as Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, Hawaii Opera Theatre as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, and Houston Grand Opera as Gunther in Götterdämmerung. Other recent engagements include Donner and Gunther in Der Ring des Nibelungen at Washington National Opera, his first European performances of the title role of Der Fliegende Holländer, the title role of Rigoletto at Houston Grand Opera, Jochanaan in Salome at the Santa Fe Opera and New Orleans Opera, and Stanley Kowalski to Renée Fleming’s Blanche DuBois in André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire at Los Angeles Opera. In the 2017–18 season, he makes his role debut as Mandryka in a new production of Arabella at Staatstheater Wiesbaden, a return to the Santa Fe Opera as J. Robert Oppenheimer in Adams’ Doctor Atomic, his role debut in the title role of Eugene Onegin at Hawaii Opera Theatre, and he performs Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony to celebrate the composer’s 100th birthday.