Celebrating over fifty years since making his operatic debut, Ryland has firmly established himself as one of the most versatile and best loved of British tenors
At the start of his career, Ryland’s beautiful lyric tenor made him a mainstay in the major opera houses of the world, most notably Glyndebourne, Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera in New York and Salzburg. In the last decade Ryland has returned to all of these houses, now singing the character roles that have since become his speciality.
Born in South Wales, Ryland studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music and was made a Fellow of the College in 1971. He became a member of the Glyndebourne chorus and in 1965 was the first recipient of the John Christie Award. Ryland made his debut with Glyndebourne Festival Opera in 1965 as the Major Domo in Der Rosenkavalier, and went on to perform many roles including Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Lensky in Eugene Onegin and Flamand in Capriccio.
More recently, performances have included Turandot at Geneva Opera, Arbace, Idomeneo and Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte at the Metropolitan Opera, Opera North and Garsington, Le Duc in Chérubin at Covent Garden and Monte Carlo, Aumonier in The Dialogue of the Carmelites at Netherlands Opera, Monostatos in Jonathan Miller’s new production of Die Zauberflöte and Countess Maritza at Santa Fe, Don Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro at Nice Opera, New Israeli Opera, Netherlands Opera and to huge critical acclaim at Glyndebourne, Dr Caius in Falstaff in Israel, Gaudenzio in Leoncavallo’s La Bohème, War and Peace, La Belle Vivette and Dialogue of the Carmelites at ENO, Basilio & Sellem The Rake’s Progress at the Glyndebourne Festival, La Bohème and Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte as well as Monsieur Triquet in a new production of Eugene Onegin at Covent Garden, Hauk-Sendorf in The Makropulos Case with Houston Grand Opera and Horace Adams in Peter Grimes at the Saito Kinen Festival in Japan and in Florence.
Recent engagements include Hauk-Sendorf in The Makropoulos Case at English National Opera and Salzburg Festival and Taupe Capriccio at the Opera National de Paris, Bastille, and Alcindoro in La Boheme at Covent Garden.