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About


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Baritone Ryan Thorn returns to Portland Opera’s resident artist program in 2017, performing Guglielmo in Così fan tutte and Schaunard in La bohème. With Portland Opera in 2016, he sang Taddeo in L’italiana in Algeri, 1st Priest / Papageno (cover) in The Magic Flute, and Bird Seller / Jonas Fogg / Sweeney (cover) in Sweeney Todd. He attended the Music Academy of the West in 2015, singing the baritone solo in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

Thorn’s roles include the title characters in Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro, Viva la mamma!, and Sweeney Todd as well as Marcello (La Bohème), Angelotti/Scarpia cover (Tosca), the Musiklehrer (Ariadne auf Naxos), and Giove (La Calisto) with Pacific Opera Project, Morales and El Dancaïre (Carmen) with Madison Opera, and the baritone solo in Carmina Burana with the Pasadena Master Chorale.

Thorn has frequently collaborated with both student and professional composers. He created the role of Clement Greenberg in Maura Bosch’s Art and Desire, and he has performed the baritone solo in Robert Cohen’s Alzheimer’s Stories with the Angeles Chorale. He has been workshopping the role of Arthur Dimmesdale in Mark Carlson and Bruce Olstad’s forthcoming opera, The Scarlet Letter.

He holds a Master’s degree from UCLA, where he studied with baritone Vladimir Chernov.  His Bachelor’s degree is from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

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Baritone Ryan Thorn as Marcello was a complete delight. His tall and solid form executed the required physical comedy with ease... Thorn so looked and acted the effortlessly cool hipster part that one suspects he actually is a hipster.

– RD Foster (www.examiner.com)

 

Ryan Thorn’s voice (Angelotti) was steel-cut and bell clear. He anchored the stage and entire room with its granite power. I longed to hear more of it.

– RD Foster (www.examiner.com)


Thorn hilariously hams it up as Giove, setting the tone for La Calisto from start to finish. His versatile voice is almost equally at home in the falsetto he adopts for his Diana disguise as for the commanding baritone he wields so effortlessly as king of the gods... Thorn is the musical and dramatic anchor of the production.

– Barnaby Hughes (Stage and Cinema)

 

In ‘Marriage of Figaro,’ (we saw the second-night cast), the heavenly and masculine baritone voice of lead character Ryan Thorn as Figaro, and that of the Count Luvi Avendano are very pleasing and strong. Their comic chops help carry the show.

–George Umano (Splash Magazine)


Throughout, the composer uses interludes with Tim the Candy Butcher to break up the story. Thorn’s comedic abilities and booming voice brought to life the less-than-two-minute monologue he has each time he arrives, hawking apples (later, candy, and later still, magazines) to all the passengers. Thorn is so jovial and home-grown in his delivery, that one really wishes we could interrupt the opera and buy an apple from him.

– Yilin Hsu Wentlandt (Singerpreneur)

 

PO resident artist Ryan Thorn does a bang-up job of playing Taddeo, an Italian suitor of Isabella who’s wrapped in a rug with a lampshade on his head for most of the opera. He has a full-on baritone and plays his role with a wry, and sometimes naïve, sensibility. It’s hard to keep a straight face when he’s onstage.

– Angela Allen (Oregon ArtsWatch)


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