Oakland-based tenor Ryan Matos sings to genuinely convey the text’s nuances, connect with listeners, and have fun. He was personally selected by Malcolm Martineau for his art song residency in Scotland in 2018, and has performed song repertoire for Julius Drake, Dame Felicity Lott, Graham Johnson, and Isabel Bayrakdarian.
Ryan is a skilled interpreter of baroque music, both on operatic and concert stages. He performs regularly with Philharmonia Baroque Chorale and consorts around the Bay Area. In March, Ryan returned to Germany to perform Bach and Telemann with Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart.
Equally at home with contemporary repertoire, Ryan has undertaken several premieres as a soloist, such as Brian Baumbusch’s The Pressure at Other Minds Festival 2019.
Ryan is also an expert in Italian food traditions, cooking, wine, and travel. While living in Rome for two years, he immersed himself in the Slow Food movement, traveling many kilometers to taste traditional dishes at rural trattorie and explore each region’s wines. He took cheese and wine tasting courses, made huge maps of where to eat and drink, and mastered the preparation of traditional dishes of Rome and other regions. He discovered he is in fact a beach person, and learned Italian fluently (working as a translator), studied singing with Italian teachers, and learned how to make guanciale, pancetta, ricotta, amari, and other Italian products.