Ryan Hill is a young baritone from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida where Lawrence Budmen of southfloridaclassicalreview.com reviewed him in his turn as the villains in Les contes d'Hoffmann with the Miami Music Festival as, "the personification of evil," "downright scary" and having a "deep and voluminous baritone." Mr. Budmen also reviewed Ryan's performance of Lockit in The Beggar's Opera as "scene stealing," and clevelandclassical.com says his "voice rang vibrantly throughout the hall" for his performance as Peter in Hänsel und Gretel.
This coming season has Ryan making role and house debuts in three different houses. He will appear as William Dale in Silent Night this October with Piedmont Opera in Winston-Salem, NC, and as Fiorello in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Greensboro Opera in January. Following that, Ryan will make his debut with Pensacola Opera in March as the Innkeeper/Governor in Man of La Mancha.
In previous seasons, Ryan was a young artist with the Seagle Music Colony, the oldest opera and musical theater training institution in the country, for two summers. There, Ryan had the opportunity to perform the roles of Tony Esposito in The Most Happy Fella, Ford in Falstaff and Mayor Shinn in The Music Man. He also performed in an educational outreach tour and a musical revue throughout the Adirondacks, and workshopped and debuted the opera, Roscoe, by Evan Mack. In 2016, Ryan was a Resident Artist with Opera Naples in southwest Florida, where he sang the role of Barone Douphol and covered the role of Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata. Ryan performed with Fresh Squeezed Opera and sang the role of John in a production of Whitney George's, The Yellow Wallpaper. In the 2014-2015 season, Ryan made his Natchez Festival of Music debut in The Pirates of Penzance as the Pirate King and as Yakuside in Madama Butterfly. Ryan participated in the Russian Opera Workshop where he sang the role of Lanceotto Malatesta in Sergei Rachmaninov’s Francesca da Rimini in its Philadelphia, Pennsylvania debut. Later that season, Ryan participated in Cedar Rapids Opera Theater’s Young Artist Program covering the role of Escamillo in their production of Carmen as well as singing in their summer Young Artist production of The Mikado.
In addition to his operatic credits, Ryan is a playwright with credits in Florida and New York. In 2010, his short play, Parable, was performed at the University of Miami’s New Play Festival and was chosen for a staged-reading at the Empire Stage in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Ryan participated in the Young Playwrights, Inc. Urban Retreat program in 2010 where his short scene, Happy Hour, had an off-Broadway reading.
Ryan holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami and a Master’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music.