A proud Newfoundlander, tenor Ryan Downey is quickly gaining nationwide recognition for his “nimbleness of voice” (Bachtrack) and “attractive lyric tenor colour” (Edmonton Journal).
The 2019 calendar year is proving to be a busy one, as Ryan has recently appeared as Rodolfo in La boheme, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, and will be making his mainstage debut with Toronto Operetta Theatre in the lead role of Ralph Rackstraw in HMS Pinafore. Ryan is also taking on the role of Goro in the Windsor Symphony’s 2020 production of Madama Butterfly. Finally. Ryan is thrilled to be making an important debut (for him!) with his hometown Newfoundland Symphony, singing their 2019 run of Messiah.
Ryan was delighted to perform in a new co-production of a work by Montreal-based composer, Ana Sokolovic, entitled dawn always begins in the bones representing the University of Toronto as an alumnus member of the cast. Ryan has also performed with Tapestry Opera in their Songbook IX and workshop performance of A Dragon’s Tale. Other recent credits include singing the role of the Gingerbread Witch in Hansel and Gretel with the Guelph Symphony Orchestra, singing 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.
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).
“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 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 Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, 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.