Tenor Ryan Downey displayed excellent comic timing as the Witch, notable for his nimbleness of voice as well as in his maneuvering of his massive costume.
- Kevin W Ng, Bachtrack
Ryan Downey was a very fine Corcoran. He has a good voice and can act and was prepared and able to distort to comic effect when needed…it’s not a surprise that maybe the three best voices at U of T right now nailed the romantic roles.
- John Gilks, Opera Ramblings
Newfoundland tenor Ryan Downey offers little by way of real menace as the red-caped, three metre tall over-the-top necromancer.
He does, however, manage to steal just about the entire third act.
-John Jane, Review Vancouver
Ryan Downey rips into the role of the cannibalistic witch, and it’s a feat considering he’s performing inside such a giant puppet contraption. Still, he’s visible enough that you can appreciate what he’s bringing to the part: watch him tear into a cackling song, enthuse “Plump and juicy, mmm-mmm-mmm!”, and maniacally manoeuvre a gigantic hand around little Hansel’s torso.
-Janet Smith, Georgia Straight
In the pantomime tradition of cross-dressing, the Witch was played by Ryan Downey, a tenor. Downey did a fine job, hamming up this character part with appropriate glee.
-Harvey de Roo, Vancouver Classical Music“