Ryan MacPherson


Ryan MacPherson is one of the most in-demand young tenors of this generation. With a vast and growing repertoire, he is well-known for his captivating stage presence and his expertise with modern and contemporary music.  During the upcoming 2010-2011 season Mr. MacPherson will reprise the role of Alfredo in La Traviata at Opera Santa Barbara and Opera Tampa, a role he debuted to great acclaim at Glimmerglass Opera in 2009.  This season will also see him return to Toledo Opera where he will perform as Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress as well as appearing on the concert stage with the Rochester Philharmonic in Handel’s Messiah.  A house favorite with Portland Opera, he debuted as Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw in the spring of 2009 and returned last season to perform two roles, Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutte and Heurtebise in Philip Glass’ opera Orphée which has been made into a commercial recording.  

Other highlights from Mr. MacPherson’s 2009-2010 opera season included a debut with Nashville Opera as the Duke in Rigoletto, a return to Lyric Opera Dublin as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly and a return to Central City Opera as Pluto in Orpheus in the Underworld.  On the concert stage he triumphed in Handel’s Messiah with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, in Verdi’sRequiem also in Baltimore, and in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Lincoln Symphony.

Mr. MacPherson’s 2008-2009 season began with the role of George HancockMargaret Garner with Michigan Opera Theatre.  He also performed the roles of Tamino in The Magic Flute with Florentine Opera and the title role in Candidewith Toledo Opera.  In the summer of 2008 he made his debut with Glimmeglass Opera, stepping into the role of Luzio in one of Wagner’s earliest operas, Das Liebesverbot.

He has toured the nation twice with San Francisco Opera’s Western Opera Theatre Tour; once as Alfred in Die Fledermaus and again as Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutte. He also created the roles of Reporter and Cardinal O’Connoll for the world premiere of Anton Coppola’s Sacco and Vanzetti for Opera Tampa.  Other performance highlights include Roderigo in Otello with Opera Theatre of St. Louis and Opera Omaha, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi with the Metro Lyric Opera of New Jersey, and Sam in Susannah at the Aspen Music Festival.

Mr. MacPherson made his Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center debuts creating the role of Meriwether Lewis in Michael Ching’s new opera Corps of Discovery.  Mr. MacPherson’s oratorio engagements have included Stravinsky’s Renard, Ravel’s L’enfant et les Sortilèges, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes De Confessore and Requiem, and Handel‘s Ode On St. Cecilia’s Dayand Messiah.

As graduate student of Yale University, Ryan MacPherson performed the roles of Rodolfo (La Boheme), Vaudemont in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, Fenton(Falstaff), Ein Soldat (Der Kaiser Von Atlantis) and Eisenstein (Die Fleidermaus). Prior to his studies at Yale, he attended the University of Missouri-Columbia, and was heard as Sam (Susannah), Tony (West Side Story)and Whizzer (March of The Flasettos).