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Ryan Bryce Johnson, tenor, is a dynamic and versatile performer with experiences spanning opera and music theatre. He was most recently seen at the Opera Saratoga Festival as Ira in Lembit Beecher’s powerful new opera Sky on Swings. In 2023, Ryan will be making his debut at The Glimmerglass Festival as the Grand Inquistor and Governor in Bernstein’s masterpiece Candide. Ryan has enjoyed success in various singing competitions along with his performances. Most recently, Ryan won First prize in the 2023 Lotte Lenya Competition. Additionally, he has been a finalist for the George London Foundation Competition and a district winner for the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions. Ryan was also chosen to be a Gerdine Young Artist at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis where he performed the role of Borsa in Verdi’s Rigoletto and covered the roles of Nero in The Coronation of Poppea by Monteverdi and Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi by Puccini. At Lyric Theatre @ Illinois, he performed as the roles of Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Rodolfo in Puccini’s La bohème and the Male Chorus in Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia. With an extensive repitoire, Ryan has also performed as Sam in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, Basilio in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Piangi in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s The Phantom of the Opera, and Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance. Ryan holds a master’s degree in music from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and bachelor’s in music from Texas Tech University.