American bass-baritone Ryan McKinny makes his Boston Symphony Orchestra debut as Donner in Das Rheingold. Next season, he will debut at the San Francisco Opera in the world premiere of John Adams' Girls of the Golden West in a production by Peter Sellars and will sing his first performances of Mandryka ina new production of Arabella directed by Uwe Laufenberg at Staatstheater Wiesbaden. With the San Francisco Symphony, he will sing Bernstein's Arias and Barcarolles with Michael Tilson Thomas and will return to Santa Fe Opera as J. Robert Oppenheimer in John Adams' Dr. Atomic.
He made a highly acclaimed Bayreuth Festival debut as Amfortas in a new production of Parsifal by Uwe Laufenberg, a role he also sang for his debut at Teatro Colòn in Buenos Aires. Other recent performances include a return to the Metropolitan Opera as Biterolf in Tannhäuser under James Levine which was broadcast around the world in HD and Kurwenal in Trisan und Isolde at the Detusche Oper Berlin under Donald Runnicles. He debuted at the Washington National Opera as Donner and Gunther in Der Ring des Nibelungen and returned to the Hamburg Opera for his first European performances of Der fliegende Holländer. Mr. McKinny was the first recipient of the Birgit Nilsson Prize for singing Wagner at Plácido Domingo's Operalia Competition held at Teatro alla Scala in Milan and the Kirsten Flagstad/George London Award from the George London Foundation. He also represented the United States in the 2007 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, where he was a finalist in the Rosenblatt Recital Song Prize. He was a Grand Finalist in the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and is featured in the film The Audition released by Decca on DVD.