A finalist of the 2015 Brian Law Opera Competition, Baritone Ryan Hofman is currently attending the University of British Columbia for a Master’s of Music in Opera under the tutelage of J.Patrick Raftery. Originally from Peterborough, Ontario, Ryan is a proud member of the UBC Opera Ensemble where last season he made his company debut as De Brètigny in Massenet’s Manon (November 2015). In February 2016, Mr. Hofman also appeared with the ensemble as Delaqua in Johann Strauss’ Eine Nacht in Venedig. In April 2015, Mr. Hofman made his company debut with Pellegrini Opera (Schaunard; La boheme) where he was hailed as “performing with gusto…[Mr. Hofman] sang with a pleasing and strong voice in a limited role which promises well for the future” (National Capital Opera Society; Summer 2015 Newsletter). This coming March, he will be making his return to the company to sing the Sacristan in Tosca.
Ryan has appeared as a soloist with many choirs from across Canada, most notably the Cantata Singers of Ottawa; and for the past two seasons he has participated in the Christmas Concert tour with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. He also appeared with the VSO this past October as part of the Tea and Trumpets Series with the UBC Opera Ensemble.
The 2014-15 season proved to be a busy one for Mr. Hofman as he appeared with the Opera Lyra chorus in their productions of Puccini’s Tosca and Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. Other company credits include an opera-concert production of Verdi’s La Traviata, Puccini’s La boheme & Turandot and Massenet’s Manon in 2010. In June 2014, Mr. Hofman had the pleasure of appearing in Opera NUOVA’s Vocal Arts Festival in Bernstein’s Candide (Maximilian) and Isaiah Bell’s Lives of Lesser Things (Dungbeetle). A recipient of the 2014 Rising Stars Award from the Ottawa International Chamberfest, other stage credits include Don Alfonso (Cosi fan tutte); Leporello (Mozart’s Don Giovanni); Dancaïro (Bizet’s Carmen) Antonio (Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro) and Speaker of the Temple (Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte) with uOttawa Opera Productions.
He has participated in numerous master classes, including those given by: Wendy Neilsen, James Westman, Bernard Turgeon, Edith Wiens, Daniel Taylor, Carolyn Hart, and Laurence Cummings, amongst others. Ryan has had the privilege of singing under the direction of Jordan de Souza, Ivars Taurins, Robert Cooper, C.M., Alexander Shelley, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. He has also had the distinct pleasure of being involved in world premieres by Paul Halley, Steven Gellman, R. Murray Schafer, and the late Malcolm Forsyth. Most recently, Ryan had the privilege of participating in St.Andrew’s-on-the-Sea Opera Workshop this past summer.