RYAN F. BURNS, baritone, was recently named the National Winner of The American Prize in Vocal Performance — The Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award, in the professional opera division for 2017-18. He performs extensively with opera companies and orchestras in the Northeast. Most recently, Ryan sang the role of Il Conte in Le nozze di Figaro with UCONN Opera Theater, and toured with the Jessica Lang Dance company performing The Wanderer (Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin).
Ryan has also performed with the former Opera Boston, Salt Marsh Opera, Connecticut Lyric Opera, Opera Theater of Connecticut, Opera Providence, Hartford Opera Theater, Greater Worcester Opera, and Opera del West. Additionally, Ryan has been a soloist with the New Haven Symphony, Greater Middletown Chorale, South Hadley Chorale and Orchestra, Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra, and the Sounds of Stow Festival Chorus and Orchestra.
Ryan was a 2016-17 national finalist in the American Prize competition (Art Song Division) in the performing arts, and sang a recital at the Ukrainian Institute of America as part of their MATI Series. Ryan has received training from the CoOPERAtive Program at Westminster, the VOICExperience program, and the Total Interpretation Project as part of the Capobianco Opera Studio. He has also sung in masterclasses with Matthew Polenzani, Nathan Gunn, Chuck Hudson, Laura Brooks Rice, and Sherrill Milnes.
In the Spring of 2017, Ryan graduated with a doctorate of musical arts from the University Connecticut, where he was a former Concerto Competition winner. He performs regularly with the UCONN Opera Theater, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Concert Choir. While there, Ryan has served as an adjunct instructor of Opera Studio directing the area’s opera outreach program, in addition to serving on the music faculties of JOY Conservatory Scholarship Program, The Pomfret School, and Woodstock Academy. Ryan is also a member of the Schola Cantorum at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, CT, and the Alchemy Vocal Chamber Ensemble. He and his family live in Vernon, Connecticut.
Ryan received his MMus in vocal performance in 2012 from the University of Connecticut and a BA in criminal justice from Saint Anselm College in 2007. He is a student of soprano, Dr. Constance Rock.