Ryan Taylor '90
Ryan Taylor (class of ’90) has toured the world as a professional opera singer for the past decade, appearing in Dead Man Walking, Turandot, and Madame Butterfly for Ft. Worth Opera. He has previously sung Germont in La Traviata with the Bar Harbor Music Festival, Dandini in La Cenerentola with both Opera Carolina and Opera San Antonio, Marcello in La bohème with Jacksonville Symphony and Dayton Opera, and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte with Piedmont Opera and the Bar Harbor Music Festival. Additionally, he has performed Carmina Burana with the Atlanta Ballet, Bryan Symphony Orchestra, and Reno Philharmonic. For the Minnesota Opera, he has bowed as Ping in Turandot, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Silvio in I Pagliacci, and Sharpless in Madame Butterfly. Mr. Taylor originated the role of Voltore in the world premiere of John Musto's opera Volpone for the Wolf Trap Opera Company. He has portrayed Taddeo in L'Italiana in Algeri, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Escamillo in Carmen, Harry Easter in Street Scene, and Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro.
On the concert platform, he has appeared in England, Germany, and the United States in McCullough’s Holocaust Cantata, Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death, Handel's Messiah, Mahler's Symphony No.8, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Stravinsky's Pulcinella, Schubert's Mass in G Major, Saint-Saëns' Oratorio de Noël, and the Fauré and Duruflé Requiems. He regularly appears in concert in Shanghai, Singapore, Manila, Beijing, Xian and Hong Kong.
Since 2003, Mr. Taylor has served as a producer and programming consultant for a variety of non-profit organizations. To date, he currently serves in the administration of the Wolf Trap Opera Company in Washington, D.C., he previously served as General Director of the Berkshire Opera Company and continues to serve as Artistic Director of Singers Beyond Borders and vocal contractor for The Atlanta Ballet. He is a co-founder of the Southeastern Festival of Song (SEFoS). In that organization's brief five-year history, SEFoS collaborated with the Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta Boys’ Choir, Bar Harbor Music Festival, Barrington Stage Company, Berkshire Opera, Bryan Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Dallas Museum of Art, The Emily Dickinson Museum, Michael O’Neal singers, Shakespeare Dallas, Trinity Artist Series of New Orleans and Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts to present over thirty unique performances of recital, concert, oratorio, ballet, and opera. Twice named an Emory Coca-Cola Artist-in-Residence, he has worked closely with the faculty and students of Emory University, Southern Methodist University, University of Texas-Dallas, Georgia State University, Fletcher Opera Institute at the North Carolina School of the Arts, University of Minnesota-Duluth, Seagle Music Colony, TCU/Ft. Worth Opera Institute and Wright State University.
Mr. Taylor makes his home in Atlanta.