- Resident Artists
Ryan MacPherson - Ferrando
Previously at Portland Opera: Orphée, 2009, The Turn of the Screw, 2009Ryan MacPherson is one of the most in-demand young tenors of this generation. This season he made his role debut with New York City Opera as Anathol in VANESSA and has recently added the role of Don José in CARMEN to his repertoire, with notable performances with Opera Memphis, Festival Opera of Walnut Creek and at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. He also made his company debut at the Opera National de Paris (Bastille) as the Vision of a Young Man in DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN and role debut as Ruggero in LA RONDINE with Sarasota Opera and performances of Don Ottavio in DON GIOVANNI with Utah Symphony and Opera and George Hancock in MARGARET GARNER with Michigan Opera Theatre. Mr. MacPherson wraps up the year with the New York Philharmonic where he is featured in performances of ELEKTRA in concert under the baton of Maestro Maazel. Upcoming engagements include Rodolfo in LA BOHÈME with Lyric Opera Productions in Dublin, Tamino in THE MAGIC FLUTE with Florentine Opera, the title role in CANDIDE with Toledo Opera, Heurtebise in ORPHÉE and Ferrando in COSÌ FAN TUTTE both with Portland Opera.
Last season Mr. MacPherson took the stage as Ferrando in COSÌ FAN TUTTE for New York City Opera and opened their previous season as Flamand in CAPRICCIO after touring with the company in Japan as Laurie in LITTLE WOMEN. He is a recent recipient of the Richard F. Gold Career Award honoring his contribution as a young artist to New York City Opera. Other notable roles from last season include Belmonte in ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO with Michigan Opera Theatre, Luis in THE GONDOLIERS with the Utah Symphony and Opera and roles in the concert productions of Zemlinsky's DER FERNE KLANG and Smyth's THE WRECKERS with the American Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. MacPherson also recently performed his first Duke in RIGOLETTO with Opera Memphis and then made debuts with Lyric Opera Kansas City repeating the role of Camille in THE MERRY WIDOW and with Shreveport Opera in the title role of FAUST and the role of Hot Biscuit Slim in PAUL BUNYAN with Central City Opera.
In 2003, Mr. MacPherson made his Opera Memphis debut as Rodolfo in LA BOHÈME and in the spring of 2004 returned to sing the role of George Shannon in the world premiere of LEWIS AND CLARK. That summer he traveled to Long Beach Opera for Henry Morosus' DIE SCHWEIGSAME FRAU with Andreas Mitisek directing and returned to New York City Opera where he created the role of Iff the Water Genie in the world premiere of Charles Wuorinen's HAROUN, SEA OF STORIES and was heard by Opera Memphis audiences as Camille in THE MERRY WIDOW.
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 COSÌ 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 Eisenstein with the San Francisco Opera's Merola Program production of DIE FLEDERMAUS; 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 the Merola Program; Sam in SUSANNAH at the Aspen Music Festival; Don Ottavio in DON GIOVANNI at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House.
Included in the prestigious companies throughout the United States, he has sung with Opera Omaha in the role of Remendado in CARMEN followed by his debut with the New York City Opera in SALOME as the Third Jew and in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO as Don Curzio. In 2003 he made his debut with Toledo Opera in the role of Ferrando in COSÌ FAN TUTTE.
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 Renard, Ravel L'enfant et les Sortilèges, Haydn Lord Nelson Mass, Mozart Vesperae Solennes De Confessore and Requiem, and Handel Ode On St. Cecilia's Day and Messiah.
As graduate student of Yale University, Ryan MacPherson performed the roles of Rodolfo in LA BOHÈME, Vaudemont in Tchaikovsky's IOLANTA, Fenton in FALSTAFF, Ein Soldat in DER KAISER VON ATLANTIS and Eisenstein in DIE FLEDERMAUS. Prior to his studies at Yale, he attended the University of Missouri-Columbia, and was heard as Sam in SUSANNAH, Tony in WEST SIDE STORY and Whizzer in MARCH OF THE FLASETTOS.