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Principal Conductor of Crash Ensemble
Crash Ensemble, Ireland's foremost contemporary music ensemble,
has announced Ryan McAdams as their new Principal Conductor
Read the press release and an interview with Ryan.
"From the exhilarating score, lyrical singing, and dazzlingly intricate design, this is a work that needs to be seen more than once in order to absorb the rich detail. Like its recurring filmed image of a murmuration of starlings, it soars." - The Guardian
"★★★★...An Extraordinary Modern Opera...as thrilling as Monaghan’s performance is... it’s as exciting to see the vigour of the orchestra pit. [They] play nimbly, frantically and, refreshingly, with visible pleasure." - The Irish Times
"American conductor Ryan McAdams directed his Crash Ensemble
in a coruscating performance..." - Musical America
"Donnacha Dennehy’s extraordinary score contrasts an almost cinematic cohesion with a constant, dissonant unraveling, always trying to reform itself only to unravel yet again, beautifully performed by Crash Ensemble, and exquisitely conducted by Ryan McAdams." - The Arts Review
Rave Reviews for Carmen in Turin, Florence and Rome
"...McAdams provided a reading of great originality and inspiration. In many respects his idea is not unlike that of the director: a journey to reach the deep core of the composition. McAdams' Carmen is essential...the sounds are clear, sharp, luminous, the rhythms sustained...an almost bel canto setting in its relationship with the song...the most dramatic moments do not lose strength in this conception..." - GBOpera (Teatro Regio Torino)
"[McAdams] showcased himself as an interpreter of class, with a decidedly convincing Seguidilla, accompanying the entire duet between Don José and Carmen with sensuality and attention to the voices. The third act was very good, especially the duet between Escamillo and Carmen, and the tragic finale. The rapport between the pit and the stage is perfection - pity that the amplification doesn't allow us to appreciate the thoughtful moments like the [Quintet] or his splendid Intermezzo..."
- OperaClick (Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Caracalla)
Raves For Madama Butterfly with Lyric Opera of Kansas City:
"Lyric Opera's Madama Butterfly is extraordinary. Madama Butterfly as conducted by Ryan McAdams with the Kansas City Symphony is transcendent. It is an emotional experience coupled with the luxuriant sounds of Puccini performed at the highest, most romantic levels. I have never seen Grand Opera performed as well.” - Broadway World
“The production was majestic, the cast strong and emotive, delivering Puccini’s lyrical gut-punches time and again. Karah Son was…spectacular. The orchestra, conducted by Ryan McAdams, was in powerhouse form…[performing] with assured, exuberant playing.” - KCStudio
"The marriage between the members of the Lyric Opera and the Kansas City Symphony prove to be a force that emotional walls can’t keep out...Madama Butterfly shapes up to be one of the best performances of 2018.” -In Kansas City
While the coronavirus has affected all performing artists, Ryan has multiple scheduled performances throughout the 20/21 season. Details can be found in Calendar.
If you have purchased a ticket for any performance that has been canceled, please consider not requesting a refund. The price of the ticket will be a much-needed donation to a struggling organization.
During this impossible time, Mo. McAdams strongly recommends the "About Race" podcast from Reni Eddo-Lodge, the "1619" podcast from the New York Times, and the "Unlocking Us" podcast from Brené Brown as sources of grounding clarity, education, strength and assistance.
In the meantime, please take
care of yourselves.
Stay safe, stay creative.
Performances with the BBC Philharmonic, RTE National Symphony, Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, I Pomeriggi Musicali, Belgian National Orchestra, Irish National Orchestra, Crash Ensemble, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, and more.
Rave Reviews for McAdams and Weilerstein, Israel Philharmonic
"..full of imagination and subtlety and emotion...Conductor Ryan McAdams knew how to bring order to this music, and drew great sounds from the orchestra and chorus...the Carmina Burana is a real event." Read more [Hebrew]
Buy Ryan's Live Recording With the Israel Philharmonic /Angel Romero: Amazon.com
"The first time I heard Ryan McAdams' Scheherazade, I thought it was the best one ever recorded outside the city limits of Philadelphia. The second time I heard it, I thought it was the best one I have ever heard." - Fanfare Magazine