Newfoundland tenor Ryan Downey has sung with opera companies and symphonies across the country and has been critically acclaimed for his “nimbleness of voice” (Bachtrack) and “clear intention and character” (Schmopera).
A graduate of the University of Toronto, Ryan was invited to join the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program with Vancouver Opera where he made his company debut in the 2016 production of Hansel und Gretel as the Gingerbread Witch, in which critics praised him for his “excellent comic timing..” as well as for “[stealing] just about the entire third act” (Review Vancouver). Ryan also sang the roles of Don Basilio and Don Curzio in Vancouver Opera’s 2017 production of Le nozze di Figaro. In his hometown of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Ryan has sung with Opera on the Avalon, as Howard Boucher in Heggie’s Dead Man Walking and created the role of John in Estacio’s Ours. Other credits include Prince Charming (Cendrillon) with Vancouver Opera, Corcoran (HMS Pinafore) with Toronto Operetta Theatre, and the Lyric Tenor (Postcard from Morocco), with U of T Opera.
Ryan is also an eager concert artist; recent and upcoming engagements include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Windsor Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, as well as excerpts from Robert Nathaniel Dett’s The Ordering of Moses, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Bach’s Magnificat, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah.