Having been praised for his "exceptionally expressive instrument" (Bachtrack) and "clear, ringing forthright sound (The Montreal Gazette) Cairan Ryan has embarked on a promising young career. He was born in Lier, Belgium and emigrated to Calgary, AB, and recently completed his 2-year tenure at the Atelier Lyrique de L'Opéra de Montréal. In the 2014-15 Season, he sang Papageno in The Magic Flute at Opera Lyra Ottawa, appeared in the 2014 Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques Gala, appeared as baritone soloist for the Choeur Polyphonique de Montreal and CAMMAC Messiah, will debut with the University of Ottawa Choir in Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem, and appear as soloist in The Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul's Church's B Minor Mass, under the baton of Jordan de Souza. He makes his Against the Grain Ensemble debut this summer at the Banff Centre, singing Don Alfonso in Così fan Tutte, and will make his debut with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra at Het Concertgebouw as Der Notar in Richard Strauss' Intermezzo in 2017. The 2013-14 season saw Cairan sing Marcello in Jeunesses Musicales Canada's production of La Bohème, and The Father in Opera de Montreal/Atelier Lyrique's production of Hänsel und Gretel. Cairan made his French debut at Choregies d'Orange in May 2014. He attended the Tanglewood Institute as a Vocal Fellow of the 2014 Festival Season, and made his Boston Symphony Orchestra debut as the Doctor/Inquisitor II in Bernstein's Candide, under the baton of Bramwell Tovey. Roles in previous seasons include Scotty McDonald in Lillian Alling (Banff Centre), Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte (Green Mountain Opera Festival), Schaunard in La bohème and Der Vater in Hänsel und Gretel (Opera McGill) and Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia (Opera on the Avalon.), The Ferryman in Britten's Curlew River, Pish-Tush in The Mikado (Virginia Opera,) Dandini in La Cenerentola and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte. Cairan is a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions at the District Level (Kansas City District), an inaugural Koerner Foundation Scholarship recipient, was supported by the Schulich Scholarship and the Noel E. Spinelli prize in Music at McGill University. He holds degrees from The University of Victoria School of Music, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the McGill University Schulich School of Music.
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