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Ryland Angel, counter-tenor

ryland angel headshotBorn on St. Cecilia's Day, Countertenor Ryland Angel was a chorister at Bristol Cathedral and a lay-clerk at Chester Cathedral. He trained as a lawyer before deciding to pursue a professional career as a singer in 1991 when he started studying with David Mason. Since then, he has become a much sought-after counter-tenor and has performed with such notable conductors as William Christie, Rene Jacobs, Ivor Bolton, Roy Goodman, Christophe Rousset, Philippe Herreweghe, Christophe Coin, Gabriel Garrido and with a variety of ensembles including Cantus Köln, Le Concert Spirituel, Le Parlement de Musique, the Ensemble of Early Music of New York and Ensemble La Fenice.

In demand as an interpreter of early music, he recently, performed The Fairy Queen with Boston Baroque and appeared in performances of Venus and Adonis by Desmarest conducted by Christophe Rousset at Opera de Nancy. A return engagement with the William Byrd Ensemble saw him performing in Parisand then with the ensemble at the Boston Early Music Festival. Other recent engagements have included: Tolomeo in Giulio Cesare with Opera Colorado and Boston Baroque; Adrasto in Sant Alessio with Les Arts Florissants at Lincoln Center, The Barbican, London, and in Caen, Luxembourg, and Paris. He performed Giove in Monteverdi's The Return of Ulysses Monteverdi with Christophe Rousset  and the Toulouse opera.

Equally at home in contemporary music, Angel appeared asFritz in the world premiere of Gavin Bryars' Doctor Ox’s Experiment, directed by Atom Egoyan and the world premiere of Doux Mensonges at the Opéra National de Paris Palais Garnier with Jiri Kylian and William Christie, as well as an appearance at London's South Bank Centre in Carmina Burana conducted by Mark Ermler.

Angel has recordingsto his credit including Charpentier's Te Deum, works of Scarlatti, Stradella and Bassani, Purcell's Fairy Queen, the Grammy-nominiated O Magnum Mysterium with the Tiffany Consort to name a few. More information is available at

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