Ryan Taylor was named President and General Director of Minnesota Opera in May 2016, coming full circle to the company where he was a member of its Resident Artist Program in 2000.
Taylor previously served as General Director of Arizona Opera having begun his tenure at Arizona Opera in January 2012 as Director of Artistic Administration.
Taylor enjoyed a 10-year career as a baritone, performing over thirty operatic roles and numerous concerts and symphonies throughout the United States, Canada, Germany. From 2009-2013 he served concurrently as Artist Manager and Public Relations Director for ADA Artist Management in New York and as Manager of Community Development for the Wolf Trap Opera Company, the top residency training program in the field for emerging artists in the United States. He also held posts as General Director of the Berkshire Opera Company, Artistic Director of Singers Beyond Borders and Co-founder of the Southeastern Festival of Song. He has served as a judge for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the Igor Gorin Career Development award for the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona.
As a stage director and producer, Taylor has presented over sixty distinct programs of recital, concert, oratorio, ballet and opera. His producing partners have included the Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta Boy Choir, Bar Harbor Music Festival, Barrington Stage Company, Bryan Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Dallas Museum of Art, Emily Dickinson Museum, Michael O’Neal Singers, New York Festival of Song, the Phillips Collection, Shakespeare Dallas, Trinity Artist Series of New Orleans, Tucson Desert Song Festival, and Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.
As a consultant, guest lecturer and educator, Taylor has collaborated with OPERA America, the Lexington Philharmonic, Kentucky Opera, Emory University, Southern Methodist University, University of Texas-Dallas, Arizona State University, University of Louisville, Baylor University, Arizona Opera Studio Artist Program, Kent State University, Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts, Georgia State University, Kentucky Opera Studio Artist Program, Fletcher Opera Institute at the North Carolina School of the Arts, University of Minnesota, Seagle Music Colony, TCU/Fort Worth Opera Institute, Wolf Trap Opera Company, University of Arizona and Wright State University.
A native of Atlanta, Taylor earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of the South, and a Master’s degree from San Francisco Conservatory of Music.