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General Director

Ryan Taylor

Ryan Taylor joined Arizona Opera in 2012 as Director of Artistic Administration and served as the company’s General Director. In the Summer of 2016 Ryan Taylor was replaced by Austin Opera's Joseph Specter. Ryan Taylor moved on to become the new director and president for the Minnesota Opera. 

Following his career as a performing artist, Ryan Taylor has worked in many facets of artistic management and administration. For four seasons, he served concurrently as Artist Manager and Public Relations Director for ADA Artist Management in New York and as Manager of Community Development in the administration of the Wolf Trap Opera Company, the top residency training program in the industry for emerging artists. Previously he held other notable posts, including General Director of the Berkshire Opera Company, Artistic Director of Singers Beyond Borders and Co-founder of the Southeastern Festival of Song (SEFoS). He began his tenure as Director of Artistic Administration for Arizona Opera in January of 2012 and has served on the adjudication panel for the Igor Gorin career development award by the Tucson-based Community Foundation of Southern Arizona.

In the last ten years, Ryan has presented over thirty-five unique programs of recital, concert, oratorio, ballet and opera. His producing partners have included the Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta Boy Choir, Bar Harbor Music Festival, Barrington Stage Company, Bryan Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Dallas Museum of Art, The Emily Dickinson Museum, Michael O’Neal Singers, The Phillips Collection, Shakespeare Dallas, Trinity Artist Series of New Orleans, and Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts. His collaborative performances and public acclaim have consistently garnered critical praise and earned him a national reputation for his unique approach to entertainment while honoring the classical traditions from which all current vocal forms are derived.

As a consultant, guest lecturer and educator, he has worked with OPERA America, and with the faculty and students of Emory University, Southern Methodist University, University of Texas-Dallas, Arizona State University, Minnesota Opera Resident Artist Program, Arizona Opera Resident Artist Program, Kent State University, Georgia State University, Kentucky Opera Studio Artist Program, Fletcher Opera Institute at the North Carolina School of the Arts, University of Minnesota-Duluth, Seagle Music Colony, TCU/Ft. Worth Opera Institute, Wolf Trap Opera Company and Wright State University.

In the span of just over a decade as a baritone, Ryan amassed over thirty roles to his credit, performing with Dayton Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Opera Carolina, Atlanta Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Wolf Trap Opera Company, San Francisco Opera Center, Seattle Opera, Minnesota Opera, and the Bayerische Drei-groschen Oper, among others. In concert, he appeared with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Festival of Song, Napa Valley Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, and the Reno Philharmonic. In 2008, Ryan made his directorial debut with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra with a semi-staged multi-media concert performance of Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land that was met with public and critical accolades. He has subsequently directed performances of Il barbiere di Siviglia and Roméo et Juliette.