A proud Newfoundlander, tenor Ryan Downey is quickly gaining nationwide recognition for his “nimbleness of voice” (Bachtrack) and “attractive lyric tenor colour” (Edmonton Journal).
In 2019, Ryan has appeared as Rodolfo in LA BOHEME, Rinuccio in GIANNI SCHICCHI, and made his mainstage debut with Toronto Operetta Theatre in the lead role of Ralph Rackstraw in H.M.S. PINAFORE. Ryan also appeared as Goro in the Windsor Symphony’s 2020 production of MADAMA BUTTERFLY. Ryan made an important debut 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 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.