About this Artist
Arlington Heights, Illinois native Ryan Wolfe (A Steersman) is a passionate musician who is fueled by his love for collaboration and performance. Commended for his “commanding presence” and “well-tutored, polished baritone”, Ryan joins the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program at Los Angeles Opera for the 2022/23 season.
The 2021/22 season saw Ryan make several role debuts including Il Conte Almaviva in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Cardinal 3/Priest/Father in Phillip Glass’ Galileo Galilei at the University of Cincinnati – College Conservatory of Music (CCM). In March of 2022, Ryan covered the role of Papageno in Barry Kosky’s internationally acclaimed production of Die Zauberflöte with Des Moines Metro Opera. Most recently, he appeared as the baritone soloist in Carmina Burana with the Santa Cruz Symphony conducted by Daniel Stewart. In the summer of 2022, Ryan returned to the Apprentice Artist Program at Des Moines Metro Opera to cover Peter Quince in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Ryan won an Encouragement Award in the Central Region Finals of the Eric and Dominque Laffont Competition in 2021, won first prize in the 2022 University of Cincinnati – CCM Corbett Opera Scholarship Competition and is a two-time semi-finalist (2021, 2022) of the Lotte Lenya Competition. He has also won awards from Classical Singer National Voice Competition and the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition.
In the summer of 2021, Ryan joined the Des Moines Metro Opera Company as an Apprentice Artist where he performed Sen. Potter’s Assistant/Bookseller/Priest/Technician/ Party Guest in Gregory Spears’ Fellow Travelers, Narumov in Tchaikovsky’s Pikovaya dama, and covered Cithéron in Rameau’s Platée. Ryan was also featured as Pandolfe in Cendrillon and the title character in Don Giovanni in the festival’s scenes program. February 2020 marked his professional debut with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as Le Fauteuil/Un chêne in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges under the baton of Louis Langrée and direction of James Bonas. A strong proponent of new music and a consummate musician, Ryan collaborated with Opera Fusion: New Works - Cincinnati Opera to workshop Matt Aucoin’s Eurydice (co-commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera and Los Angeles Opera).
Other operatic highlights include Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, Baron Mirko Zeta in The Merry Widow, Giove in La Calisto, Kecal in The Bartered Bride, Simone in Gianni Schicchi, and Seneca in L’incoronazione di Poppea. Ryan has also been seen performing selections of Bernstein and Mahler with the CCM Philharmonic, as well as the bass soloist in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music with the DePaul University Symphony Orchestra.
Ryan completed his master’s degree before partially completing an Artist Diploma at the University of Cincinnati–CCM. He is a proud alumnus of DePaul University, where he received his Bachelor of Music.