Missouri native Brenton Ryan recently made his Houston Grand Opera debut as Henrik in A Little Night Music. Engagements for the 2013/14 season included Cavaliere Belfiore in Rossini's Il Viaggio a Reims and Bardolfo in Falstaff as a Filene Young Artist with the Wolf Trap Opera Company, Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville with Wichita Grand Opera and in an outreach tour for Lyric Opera of Chicago, the tenor solos in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Lexington Philharmonic, and Gastone in La Traviata with Des Moines Metro Opera. He starred as Tony in West Side Story at the Aspen Music Festival, where he also performed Leon in The Ghosts of Versailles and Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville. In 2012, Mr. Ryan was a fellow at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. He appeared in semi-staged performances of Wozzeck and L’heure Espagnole with the Houston Symphony. He is featured in the 2012 film In Our Nature, singing a selection from Pagliacci.