Vocalist - Tenor

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. His 2014-15 season engagements currently include Alfred in Die Fledermaus in a return to Portland Opera.

Posted: Mar-19-2014
Latest News
Madrid's Teatro Real production of Brokeback Mountain, featuring BVA's Heather Buck and Ryan MacPherson, will be broadcast live on February 7.
Posted: Feb-3-2014
Latest Acclaim
“MacPherson stole the show as Heurtebise in Portland Opera’s debut production of Philip Glass’s Orphee a few years back and he very nearly stole last night’s performance as well.... I could listen to MacPherson until my feet grew into the floorboards, and that is not a common reaction for me to a tenor voice. His has a little of that baritone richness that adds so much savor to a tenor sound, and his delivery carries the ease and sense of speech. It looked like he was fun to play off of for the other characters as well. Man with a Paint Box is an extremely exposed role vocally — at times, he is the only sound on stage, the orchestra sitting idle in the pit — his music incorporating challenges that on American Idol would prompt raucous cheering. Very nicely done.”
— Oregon ArtsWatch
Posted: Mar-28-2014
Latest Recording
Orange Mountain Music presents the world premiere recording of Philip Glass’ opera Orphée performed by a renowned cast of soloists including Philip Cutlip as Orphée, Lisa Saffer as la Princesse, and the Portland Opera Orchestra conducted by Anne Manson.
Posted: Jul-20-2010
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Posted: Sep-24-2013