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Angelotti in Tosca, Madison Opera
November 1, 3, 2013
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Colline in La boheme, Arizona Opera
January 24, 25, February 2, 2014
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Escamillo in Carmen, Virginia Opera
March 21, 23, 25, 28, 29, April 4, 6, 11, 13, 2014
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Escamillo in Carmen, Opera Colorado
May 3, 6, 9, 11, 2014
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Brutamante in Fierrabras, Bard Music Festival
August 17, 2014
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Ryan Kuster

Bass-Baritone

Bass-Baritone Ryan Kuster has gained vast attention on the west coast for his accolades in San Francisco, where he recently completed a two year residency and over 80 performances in the prestigious Adler Fellowship Program of San Francisco Opera. His performance as Escamillo in their production of Carmen was called “pure bravado.” The Classical Voice said of his performance as Masetto in Don Giovanni, “Handsome Ryan Kuster sang beautifully, and acted so convincingly that it was hard to believe he’s an Adler Fellow.”

In 2012, Kuster made his symphonic debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic singing the role of Masetto in their highly acclaimed production of Don Giovanni, directed by Christopher Alden, with costumes by Rodarte, and led by Mo. Dudamel.  In addition, he returned to Wolf Trap Opera to debut the title role of Don Giovanni and made his National Symphony debut performing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Up next, Ryan will sing Angelotti in Tosca with Madison Opera, Colline in La Boheme with Arizona Opera, and Escamillo in Carmen with both Opera Colorado (company debut) and Virginia Opera.

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sang beautifully
Don Giovanni- “Handsome Ryan Kuster sang beautifully, and acted so convincingly that it was hard to believe he’s an Adler Fellow.” -The Classical Voice
…terrific job…
Don Giovanni- “The lone current Adler in the production, Ryan Kuster, did a terrific job as Masetto.” -SFist.com 
…pure bravado…
Carmen - “Ryan Kuster’s Escamillo was pure bravado.” -SFist.com  
sombre and intimate timbre
Don Giovanni- “Ryan Kuster’s . . . sombre and intimate timbre worked very well for his character, as did his physical presence. Through his interpretation, he also managed to give a voice and a body to the frustration of a peasant who cannot but surrender to the shameful wishes of a member of the higher class.” -Musical Criticism.com
Composer Opera Role
Adamo Little Women Mr. Dashwood
Argento Postcard from Morocco Man with a Cornet Case
Bartok Bluebeard’s Castle Bluebeard
Berlioz Béatrice et Bénédict Don Pedro
Bernstein Trouble in Tahiti Sam
Braunfels Die Vögel Kukuk
Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream Snug
Ching Buoso’s Ghost Betto
Donizetti Anna Bolena Enrico
Lucrezia Borgia Astolfo
Garwood The Scarlet Letter Governor
Gounod Romeo et Juliette Frere Laurent
Hoiby A Month in the Country Rakitin
Janáček The Cunning Little Vixen Parson, Badger, Woodpecker
Osud Konečný
Kát’a Kabanová Dikoj
Marschner Der Vampyr Robert Green
Massenet La Navarraise Garrido
Mozart Don Giovanni Masetto, Leporello, Don Giovanni
Cosi fan tutte Don Alfonso
Puccini La boheme Benoit, Schaunard, Colline
Gianni Schicchi Betto, Amantio
La Rondine Rambaldo
Turandot Mandarin
Tosca Angelotti, Jailer
Rossini La Cenerentola Alidoro
Verdi Il Trovatore Ferrando
La traviata Dr. Grenvil
Rigoletto Count Ceprano, Marullo
Wagner Lohengrin 4th Noble
Wolf-Ferrari Le donne curiose Pantalone
Weill Street Scene Carl Olsen
Composer Work
Beethoven 9th Symphony
DuBois The Seven Last Words of Christ
Faure Requiem
Handel Saul
Messiah
Haydn The Creation
Kodaly Missa Brevis
Mozart Coronation Mass
Regina Coeli
Vesperae solennes de confessore
Requiem
Mass in c minor
Bass-Baritone Ryan Kuster has gained vast attention on the west coast for his accolades in San Francisco, where he recently completed a two year residency and over 80 performances in the prestigious Adler Fellowship Program of San Francisco Opera. His performance as Escamillo in their production of Carmen was called “pure bravado.” The Classical Voice said of his performance as Masetto in Don Giovanni, “Handsome Ryan Kuster sang beautifully, and acted so convincingly that it was hard to believe he’s an Adler Fellow.”

In 2012, Kuster made his symphonic debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic singing the role of Masetto in their highly acclaimed production of Don Giovanni, directed by Christopher Alden, with costumes by Rodarte, and led by Mo. Dudamel.  In addition, he returned to Wolf Trap Opera to debut the title role of Don Giovanni and made his National Symphony debut performing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Up next, Ryan will sing Angelotti in Tosca with Madison Opera, Colline in La Boheme with Arizona Opera, and Escamillo in Carmen with both Opera Colorado (company debut) and Virginia Opera.

In the last year of his Adler Fellow Tenure, Kuster returned to San Francisco Opera to perform Count Ceprano in Rigoletto, the 4th Noble in Lohengrin, as well as Angelotti in Tosca. Outside of San Francisco, Kuster most recently performed Alidoro in Nashville Opera’s production of La Cenerentola; sang Masetto in Don Giovanni with Cincinnati Opera, and appeared in Dallas Opera’s production of Turandot; and performed Angelotti in Tosca with Pacific Symphony.

Previous engagements have included Rambaldo in La Rondine with Oberlin in Italy; Pantalone in Le donne curiose with Wolf Trap Opera Company; Sam in Trouble in Tahiti with Opera Santa Barbara; Bluebeard cover (Samuel Ramey) in Bluebeard’s Castle at the Chicago Opera Theater; The Parson, Badger and Woodpecker in The Cunning Little Vixen, The Doctor in La traviata and Carl Olsen in Street Scene with Chautauqua Opera, Count Ceprano in Rigoletto and Betto in both Gianni Schicchi and Ching’s Buoso’s Ghost with Opera New Jersey, and Ferrando in Il trovatore, Snug in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Frère Laurent in Roméo et Juliette at Opera North.

On the concert stage, Mr. Kuster has performed the bass solos in the Fauré Requiem with the Bucks County Symphony, the Mozart Requiem with the Neumann College Choir, the bass solos in the Messiah with the Tindley Temple Choir, the title role of Handel’s oratorio, Saul, with the Marsh Chapel Choir and Collegium, and Adam in Haydn’s The Creation with the BU Symphonic Chorus. He has also appeared as a featured soloist with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Ocean City Pops, New Jersey Master Chorale, and Concert Operetta Theater of Philadelphia.

Mr. Kuster recently sang on the Metropolitan Opera stage as a National Council Semi-Finalist for the 2011 Competition.  In 2010, he received a 3rd place prize in the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition and received a Grant from the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Competition. He also was given the Encouragement Award in the Philadelphia region of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the Harmon Award from Chautauqua Opera in 2008; and was a finalist in the New England region of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2007.

In the summer 2010, he attended the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Young Artist Program where performances included scenes of Garibaldo in Rodelinda, Don Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Dr. Cajus in Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor in the Schwabacher Scenes Program.  Mr. Kuster completed his Artist Diploma at the Academy of Vocal Arts where he performed the roles of the Governor in the world premiere of Margaret Garwood’s The Scarlet Letter, Schaunard in La bohème, Enrico in Anna Bolena, Oroveso in Norma, the title role in Don Pasquale, Doctor Grenvil in La traviata, Dikoj in Kát’a Kabanová, and Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte.

Mr. Kuster received his M.M. at Boston University where he performed the roles of A Man with a Cornet Case in Argento’s Postcard from Morocco, Benoit in La bohème, Garrido in Massenet’s La Navarraise, and Amantio DiNicolao in Gianni Schicchi. Mr. Kuster received his B.M. from Westminster Choir College.

 

 

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