Ryan F. Burns

Ryan F. Burns was named the National Winner of The American Prize in Vocal Performance — The Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award, in the professional opera division for 2017-18. He performs regularly with opera companies, orchestras, and ensembles in the Northeast. He has received training from the CoOPERAtive Program at Westminster, the VOICExperience program, and the Total Interpretation Project as part of the Capobianco Opera Studio.

Burns has performed with the former Opera Boston, Salt Marsh Opera, Connecticut Lyric Opera, Opera Theater of Connecticut, Opera Providence, Hartford Opera Theater, UConn Opera Theater, Greater Worcester Opera,
Opera del West, and the Jessica Lang Dance Company. Additionally, he has been a soloist with the New Haven Symphony, Greater Middletown Chorale, South Hadley Chorale and Orchestra, Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra, and the Sounds of Stow Festival Chorus and Orchestra. His operatic credits include Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Dr. Falke/Frank in Die Fledermaus, Valentin in Faust, Father in Hänsel und Gretel, Schaunard in La bohème, Sid in Albert Herring, Masetto in Don Giovanni, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, John Proctor in The Crucible, General Boum in The Grand Duchess, King Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Maximilian in Candide.

In 2017, Burns graduated with a doctorate of musical arts from the University of Connecticut under the direction of Dr. Constance Rock, where he was a former Concerto Competition winner. While there, he also served as an adjunct instructor of Opera Studio, directing the voice area’s opera outreach program. Currently, he serves as Program Coordinator for the JOY! Conservatory Scholarship Program (UConn), and Director of Music at The Pomfret School in Pomfret, Connecticut.