Tenor Ryan Matos sings to connect with listeners, to convey the meaning of the text, and to have fun, both as a soloist and in small ensembles. Ryan was personally selected by Malcolm Martineau to take part in his residential art song masterclass in Scotland in 2018, and has performed song repertoire in classes with Julius Drake, Dame Felicity Lott, Graham Johnson, and Isabel Bayrakdarian. A frequent recitalist, he undertook a solo concert tour to Rome, Florence, and Naples in 2017 featuring selections of Tosti, Schubert, and Samuel Barber.
Ryan is a skilled interpreter of baroque music, both on the operatic and concert stages. He begins his 2018 season in Philharmonia Chorale. Last season he gave modern premieres of Neapolitan oratorio La Caduta degl'Angeli in Rome, Venice, and Procida, and presented a lead role in Ars Minerva's modern premiere of Carlo Pallavicino's 1679 opera Le Amazzoni nelle Isole Fortunate in San Francisco. In summer 2017, Ryan performed the St. John Passion and several Bach cantatas at Musikfest Stuttgart under the batons of Hans-Christoph Rademann and Helmut Rilling.
Equally at home with contemporary repertoire, Ryan has undertaken several premieres, both as a soloist and with acclaimed vocal ensemble Volti.
Ryan lived in Rome for two years and studied with William Matteuzzi. While there, he performed sacred music in the ornate churches of St. Peter's Basilica, San Luigi dei Francesi, Santa Maria in Trastevere, Trinità dei Monti, San Rocco (Venice), and Abbazia di San Michele (Procida). He speaks Italian fluently, working as a translator.
Ryan is currently based in the San Francisco area.