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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)
Oct. 29th-Nov. 16th, 2022
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Performances with Opernhaus Zürich, I Pomeriggi Musicali, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Orchestra della Toscana, Orchestra Nazionale della RAI, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Irish National Opera, Crash Ensemble, and much 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