Baritone Ryan Hugh Ross holds degrees from Southwest Minnesota State University, California State University-Long Beach, and Wales International Academy of Voice where he studied with world renowned tenor Dennis O’Neill CBE. He currently studies with baritone John Rawnsley. Ryan is undertaking his doctoral studies in Musicology/Exile Studies at the University of Southampton and is supported by the ORT Marks Fellowship.
Recent roles include: The Detective in Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess, Captain Buyanov in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Monk in Verdi’s Don Carlo for Grange Park Opera; Zaretsky in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin for Opera Loki; Eugene Onegin in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin for the Rhosygilwen Festival; the Knife Grinder in Bart’s OLIVER! alongside Simon Keenlyside as Fagin; Avram the Bookseller alongside Bryn Terfel as Tevye in Stein’s Fiddler on the Roof including a reprisal for the 2015 BBC Proms; Scottish Soldier in Michael Puts' Silent Night for the International Wexford Opera Festival; Marcello in Puccini's La Bohème for the International Barga Bel Canto Festival in Barga, Italy.
Concert appearances include Bass soloist in Salieri’s Requiem and Haydn’s Missa Cellensis with Collegium Musicum in Marbella, Spain; Baritone soloist performing Copland’s Old American Songs with Southwest Minnesota Orchestra; Soloist for Welsh National Opera in Russian Music in the Museum Concert; Fauré Requiem and Haydn’s Nelson Mass and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with Aberystwyth Choral Society; Mozart Requiem with Minehead Choral Society; and Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra.
Ryan's interest in history, combined with his passion for new music, led to the launching of a 5 part concert/lecture series entitled Rediscovered Beauty: Suppressed Composers on works of the generation of musicians, artists, and composers who were suppressed by the 3rd Reich. The success of this festival led Ryan to create the Rediscovered Beauty Organisation for Suppressed Composers. Other work in this field includes the US premiere of Two Songs for Baritone and Orchestra by suppressed Viennese composer Julius Bürger (whose works he champions) in Marshall, Minnesota as part of the Voices of Exile Festival at Southwest Minnesota State University. Ryan was guest performer for the inauguration of the Exil.Arte Centre for Suppressed Composers in Vienna, Austria, where he performed Burger’s Goodbye, Vienna.