A proud Newfoundlander, tenor Ryan Downey is quickly gaining nationwide recognition for his “nimbleness of voice” (Bachtrack) and “attractive lyric tenor colour” (Edmonton Journal). Recently, Ryan stepped in last minute to sing the role of the Gingerbread Witch in Hansel and Gretel with the Guelph Symphony Orchestra, sang the roles of Basilio and Curzio in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Windsor Symphony and appeared as John in Opera on the Avalon’s remounting of Ours.
The 2017-2018 season sees many return engagements for Ryan. He is returning to sing Mozart’s Requiem with the Windsor Symphony, the Mass in C Minor with the Guelph Symphony and to his hometown, St. John’s, Newfoundland to reprise his role of John in Ours. Ryan will also be singing Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Scriabin’s First Symphony, and Handel’s Messiah with various choirs and orchestras in the Greater Toronto Area. Ryan will also be performing the lead tenor role of Young Meadows in the rarely performed early English opera by Thomas Arne, Love in a Village, in Rochester, New York.
Ryan is also an eager concert artist; recently making his Winspear Centre debut with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in Messiah and with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Other recent and upcoming engagements include Mozart’s Requiem, Scriabin’s First Symphony, Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, Schubert’s Mass in G, and Orff’s Carmina Burana.
“As Mr. Gedge, the Vicar, there was something compelling about Ryan Downey… his intention and character were always clear.”
– Jenna Douglas, Schmopera
The witch (Ryan Downey) was so fantastic…
-Lauren Chancellor, The Review Weekly
Ryan was invited to join the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program with Vancouver Opera for the 2016-2017 season, where he made his company debut in the company’s 2016 production of Hansel and 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. Other recent roles include Danilo (Merry Widow), Howard Boucher (Dead Man Walking), and Prince Charming (Cendrillon).