Not only did he deliver the music beautifully, he imbued every word with meaning for an irresistible dramatic effect.
Vermont native, Ryan Mangan (tenor), is a multi-medium performing arts professional in the fields of acting, opera, concert, magic, and playwriting. With performance credits throughout the North East, he works primarily as a vocalist bringing his "light and expressive tenor" (Rutland Herald) to Barn Opera, Middlebury Bach Concert, Manchester Music Festival, New England Opera Intensive, VOX New England, Opera Connecticut, and Hartt Opera Theatre. He is a frequent soloist at Grace Congregational UCC in Rutland, Vermont and spent two years as a vocalist at Church of the Good Shepherd in Hartford, Connecticut.
He makes frequent recital collaborations with pianist and composer Alastair Stout having performed Beethoven's An die ferne Geliebte, Vaughan-Williams' Songs of Travel, and Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings. Most recently, he was seen as Spoletta in Puccini's Tosca and as Gastone in Verdi's La Traviata. Mangan has performed as tenor soloist in J.S. Bach's cantatas BWV 61, BWV 62, and BWV 133. In 2022, he was invited to premiere the song-cycle Otter Creek as part of the New Work Series in New York City.
His artistry in song repertoire earned him the highest honors at the Vermont All-State Music Festival, the Dean's Award in the Hartt Vocal Competition, and First Place in the VOX New England Classical Idol Competition: Undergraduate Division. Mangan holds a Bachelors Degree in Music from The Hartt School at University of Hartford.
His full-length play Second Sight; or, The Way of Holiness has been workshopped twice for public audiences. Other original works include mind-reading shows HypnoTricks (2015), Inside Your Mind (2016), and a short film called ANIMA (2022). Several of his poems have been set to music by award-winning composer Felix Jarrar in a song cycle entitled Sea Boy Barcarolles, set to premiere at Opera America in March 2023. He has worked in theater education and is teacher/mentor at The Boston Cambridge Institute. He enjoys writing, traveling, and working with children.