Ryan MacPherson is one of the most highly sought young tenors of his generation. With a vast and growing repertoire, he is well known for his captivating stage presence, as well as his expertise in modern and contemporary music. In summer 2013, he returned to the Buxton Festival as Horace in Gounod’s La colombe and Kornélis in Saint-Saëns’ La princesse jaune. In season 2013-14 he sings Jack’s Father in the world premiere of Wuorinen’s Brokeback Mountain with Teatro Real, Madrid; returns to Nashville Opera as The Neurologist in Michael Nyman’s The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat; and to Portland Opera as Mr. Owen in Argento’s Postcard from Morocco and Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance.
In 2012-13 he sang as Alfred in Die Fledermaus in his Virginia Opera debut; returned to Long Beach Opera and made his Chicago Opera Theater as Roderick Usher in their co-production of Glass’ The Fall of the House of Usher; and returned to Shreveport Opera as Duke in Rigoletto. In summer of 2011 he made a dynamic debut in the United Kingdom as Wilhelm in Ambroise Thomas’ Mignon. His engagements in the 2011-12 season included his role debut as Roméo in Roméo et Juliette with Dayton Opera, singing as Alfred in Die Fledermaus with Opera Memphis; Curley in Carlisle Floyd’s Of Mice and Men in a return to Utah Opera; soloist in Liszt’s Faust Symphony with American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall; and Tony in Master Class with Alpine Theatre Project. In the 2010-11 season, Ryan MacPherson reprised the role of Alfredo in La traviata with Opera Santa Barbara and Opera Tampa, after his role debut with Glimmerglass Opera in summer 2009. Also in 2009 he debuted with Portland Opera as Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw, returning in 2010-11 to sing as Ferrando in Così fan tutte and Heurtebise in Philip Glass’ Orphée (available on the Orange Mountain label).
Recent operatic highlights include his Nashville Opera debut as Duke in Rigoletto; a return to Lyric Opera Dublin as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly; to Central City Opera as Pluto in Orpheus in the Underworld; singing as George Hancock in Margaret Garner in a return to Michigan Opera Theatre; as Tamino in Die Zauberflote with Florentine Opera; the title role in Candide and Tom Rakewell in The Rake's Progress, both with Toledo Opera, his debut with Glimmerglass Opera as Luzio in Wagner's Das Liebesverbot; Don José in Carmen with Opera Memphis, Festival Opera of Walnut Creek, and at Dublin's National Concert Hall; Ruggiero in La Rondine with Sarasota Opera; and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with Utah Opera.
Other past highlights include his debut with Opera Memphis as Rodolfo in La bohème and an immediate return as George Shannon in the world premiere of Lewis and Clark; Sam in Susannah at the Aspen Music Festival: Belmonte in Abduction from the Seraglio with Michigan Opera Theatre; Luis in The Gondoliers with Utah Symphony and Opera; Camille in The Merry Widow with Lyric Opera of Kansas City; the title role in Faust with Shreveport Opera; Hot Biscuit Slim in Paul Bunyan with Central City Opera; creating the roles of Reporter and Cardinal O'Connor for the world premiere of Anton Coppola's Sacco and Vanzetti for Opera Tampa; Roderigo in Otello with both Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Opera Omaha; and Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi with Metro Lyric Opera of New Jersey. He made his Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center debuts creating the role of Meriwether Lewis in Michael Ching's Corps of Discovery, and his debut with Opèra National de Paris as Vision of a Young Man in Die Frau ohne Schatten.
On concert stages he was a featured soloist in Elektra with New York Philharmonic, under Lorin Maazel; has sung as soloist in Messiah and in Verdi's Requiem with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Lincoln Symphony; and in concert versions of Zemlinsky's Der ferne Klang and Smyth's The Wreckers with American Symphony Orchestra.
In a return to New York City Opera he created the role of Iff, the Water Genie, in the world premiere of Wuorinen's Haroun and the Sea of Stories. Previously for that company he performed as Ferrando in Così fan tutte, as Flamand in Capriccio, as Anatol in Barber's Vanessa, and toured Japan as Laurie in the company's production of Little Women. His contributions to New York City Opera were recognized when he received the Richard F. Gold Career Award.
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