Biography

           Barry Ryan OAM

Australian baritone Barry Ryan graduated with honours from the Sydney
Conservatorium of Music. His many awards for singing include the Shell Aria, the New
York Metropolitan Auditions, the Marten Bequest for Singing, the Vienna State Opera
Award and the Green Room Award. He was awarded the Order of Australia for his
services to the performing arts in 2013.

Barry Ryan has performed with Europe’s leading opera companies including the Royal
Opera Covent Garden (including tours to Israel and Sicily), La Scala Milan, the Opera
Comique in Paris, the Paris Opera Bastille, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf, the
Flemish Opera Antwerp, the Komische Oper Berlin, Basel Opera and the Otono Festival
Opera Madrid. He has also performed for Christchurch Opera, New Zealand Opera
Wellington, the West Australian Opera, the Victorian State Opera, Victorian Opera and
Opera Queensland. He was a principal artist with the Cologne Opera from 1988 to 1992
and in 1993 made his Australian Opera debut in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Since
then Barry Ryan has performed with opera companies throughout Europe, Australia and
New Zealand.

Barry Ryan has performed in concert throughout Europe, Australia and Asia and has
been seen in televised performances of opera in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands,
France and Australia. He has performed on radio for the BBC London, the ABC in
Australia, the WDR in Germany, Norwegian Radio and Radio Tokyo. He has performed
with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Norwegian
Symphony Orchestra, the Shinsei Nihon Symphony Orchestra Tokyo and all the major
Symphony Orchestras in Australasia.

Barry Ryan has performed under the batons of some of the world’s leading conductors,
including, Riccardo Muti, Zubin Metha, Sir Charles Mackerras, Richard Bonynge,                                                                                                 Carlo Felice Cillario and Richard Hickox.

Barry Ryan is also a lecturer in Voice and Opera at the Sydney Conservatorium of
Music.

Barry Ryan has performed leading roles for Opera Australia, Opera Queensland,
Victorian Opera, West Australian Opera and Canterbury Opera, including:
George Milton in the Australian Premiere of Carlisle Floyd’s Opera “Of Mice and Men”,
Gunther in “Götterdämmerung”, the title role of Nixon in “Nixon in China” for which he was nominated
for a Helpmann Award., Sharpless in

“Madama Butterfly”, Marcello in “La Bohème”, Amonasro in “Aida”, Jochanaan in
Salome, Count di Luna in “Il Trovatore”, Renato in “Un Ballo in Maschera”, the Father
in “Hansel and Gretel”, Don Pizarro in “Fidelio”, Prosecuting Counsel in ”Lindy”, Mister
Redburn in “Billy Budd” and the Gamekeeper in “Rusalka”, Tonio in I Pagliacci and
Alex in the world premiere of Brett Dean’s Opera “Bliss” for which he was also nominated
for a Helpmann Award.