Ryan Kuster

 Bass-baritone Ryan Kuster is gaining national recognition for his recent appearancesas Escamillo in Carmen, with Virginia Opera, Opera Colorado, Opera Grand Rapids, Florida Grand Opera, and Knoxville Opera. Colorado’s Daily Camera wrote, “Baritone Ryan Kuster possesses a swaggering virility in the role of Escamillo… The character has the most famous of all the opera’s many great tunes, and Kuster’s delivery does not disappoint,” and the Community Digital News said, “Mr. Kuster plays Escamillo as a self-confident showman who also displays a cool, cynical approach to love… It’s a marvelous performance of this small yet key role.” This season, Kuster returns to Dallas Opera as Dr. Grenvil in La traviata and Old Hebrew in Samson et Dalila and performs Theseus in A Midsummer Nights Dream with Virginia Opera. Last season, Kuster performed the role of Escamillo in Peter Brook’s La tragédie of Carmen with San Diego Opera, Don Basilio in On Site Opera’s production of Le nozze di Figaro, Colline in La bohème with The Charleston Opera, Escamillo in Carmen with Florida Grand Opera, a concert titled “Arias and Ensembles” with Dallas Opera, and a concert with Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Additional recent highlights include Lysiart in von Weber’s Euryanthe with Bard Summerscape where he received rave reviews: “Baritone Ryan Kuster brought a venomous enthusiasm to Lysiart; he was especially good in his potent Act II aria” (Wall Street Journal) and “His lithe bass-baritone never hardened even in the most frenzied outbursts, and the dark, noble timbre of the voice made his deception seem all the more plausible.” (NY Observer) He also received notable mention for his rendition of the title role in Opera Memphis’ Don Giovanni. “Ryan Kuster’s well-voiced Don Giovanni was charming, arrogant and thoroughly disgusting. Kuster presented a psychologically fascinating character, in love only for as long as he needed to be, supremely confident, unafraid, unencumbered by regrets, witty and quick-witted enough to escape a multitude of compromising situations.” (The Commercial Appeal) In recent seasons, Mr. Kuster has performed the title role in Don Giovanni with Wolf Trap Opera; Angelotti in Tosca with Dallas Opera, Madison Opera, Pacific Symphony, and Orlando Philharmonic; Alidoro in La Cenerentola with Nashville Opera and Opera Saratoga; multiple roles with Arizona Opera including Coline in La bohème and Masetto in Don Giovanni, which he also performed with Cincinnati Opera and in his début with Los Angeles Philharmonic, directed by Christopher Alden; and in Dallas Opera’s production of Turandot. Recent concert engagements include a performance of St. Matthew’s Passion with Boulder Philharmonic; Brutamonte in Fierrabras, Schubert’s hidden gem, with Bard Music Festival; Händel’s Messiah with Milwaukee Symphony; and Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 in his début with National Symphony.