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.