B i o g r a p h y
Hailed by The Boston Globe as a "breathtakingly solid" soprano,” the Cleveland Plain Dealer as "fearless," and the Boston Musical Intelligencer as having a "captivatingly expressive strength," contemporary opera specialist Tamara Ryan is known for her nuanced and sensitive portrayals of women experiencing and responding to trauma and loss--a calling that she pursues both as a Boston-based soprano and as the founder and General Director of Opera Fayetteville.
A graduate of the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music, Tamara has appeared in recent seasons as Sibyl Vane in Lowell Liebermann's The Picture of Dorian Gray, Stephanie in Jake Heggie's To Hell and Back, Madame de Tourvel in Conrad Susa's The Dangerous Liaisons, and Almera in Nico Muhly's Dark Sisters, as well as starring in one-woman showpiece, Miss Havisham's Wedding Night and performing the lead role of Sonny in the initial workshop of White Snake Productions' Permadeath.
Tamara has become passionate about short operatic works. Among her favorite roles are: “She” in John Greer’s A Tall Order, “Ellen 2” in Jonathan Bailey Holland’s Always, Bethel in Tony Solitro’s She’s Fabulous, the title role in Daniela DeMatos’ Ondine, April 1 in Oliver Caplan’s Symposium, and Woman in Anne Dinsmore Phillips’ Tempo Fuori del Tempo.
Tamara drew the attention of critics for her appearance in John J. King's new English Adaptation of Heinrich Marschner's Der Vampyr, described by the Boston Globe as “one of the most rewarding theatrical events of the season” ; the Boston Musical Intelligencer described her as having "the comic genius of Madeline Kahn," and the New England Theater Geek deemed her a "performer of note." She sang her first Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro) alongside Sandra Piques Eddy, Keith Miller, and Morgan Smith under the stage direction of Keturah Stickann. Other engagements include performances with MetroWest Opera (Noémie), Longwood Opera (Musetta), Operahub (Leonora-The Long Christmas Dinner, Titania/Hippolyta), the Harvard Early Music Society (First Witch), Opera Fayetteville (Controller, Kitty Hart, Amy March, The Rose), Lowell House Opera (Ofelia), and the Savannah Children's Choir. In 2014, she made her debut with Opera Brittenica as Governess in a ground-breaking immersive production of The Turn of the Screw.
Tamara performed as part of the highly-competitve Marcello Giordani Young Artist Program with the Crested Butte Music Festival where she covered the role of Bubikopf in Viktor Ullman's Der Kaiser von Atlantis; she has also performed as a young artist with Opera Saratoga and Emerald City Opera. Passionate about new music , she made her professional debut with Philadelphia area new music group, Orchestra 2001, singing the Rossetti Songs, a cycle written for her by prize-winning composer, Thomas Whitman.
Committed to bringing opera to a new generation of audiences, Tamara has pursued her goal in many ways: among them as a member of the Metro West Opera Outreach Quartet and as the founder and General Director of Opera Fayetteville, a boutique opera company specializing in the performance of contemporary English-language opera in Northwest Arkansas. She is excited to be returning to the ranks of the well-beloved Boston Opera Collaborative for the 2019-20 season.