Brenton Ryan

Brenton Ryan, PhotoIn his own words, Brenton Ryan may have once been “super shy,” but he has emerged as not only an outgoing, confident young tenor but as an artist with an unusually focused view of where he is headed.

The Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist’s emergence began 19 years ago, when his family moved from St. Louis to Sedalia, Missouri, and his mother and stepfather thrust their nine-year-old onto the community stage as a way to gain confidence and make friends.

The play was Oliver!, and, in an informal interview in the office of LAO’s Senior Director of Artistic Planning Joshua Winograde, “Brent” unhesitatingly slaps on a cockney accent and repeats his first lines onstage: “Books you ordered from the bookseller, sir.”

Click here to read Bill Kennedy’s full article about Brenton on OperaLeauge.org.

A former board member at the Boston Lyric Opera, Bill Kennedy began his career as a reporter and retired as head of a small, New York based newspaper group two years ago. He recently moved to Pasadena.

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