Teaching

 
It was between 1987 and 1994 that Ryland developed a reputation as a respected and successful teacher as a visiting professor in the School of Vocal Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. In 1994, however, owing to the volume of engagements, he was forced to relinquish his post at the Northern.

Ryland has been teaching voice now for almost twenty years. Former pupils can be found in opera houses and on concert platforms throughout the world. His most recent success as a teacher has been truly borne out when Andrew Staples won the Lieder Prize at this years Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Awards, and two months later in June three of his students Anna Leese, Jacques Imbrailo, and Andrew Staples won first, second, and third in this years “Richard Tauber” Awards for 2005, culminating with Andrew Kennedy taking the song prize 2005 at the prestigious Cardiff Singer of the World.
As well as teaching basic vocal technique one to one, Ryland is equally happy teaching small or large groups of young singers whether undergraduate, postgraduate or opera course level in French song, German Lied and Sung Italian. However, he finds the workshop approach, using operatic scenes to develop the skills of young singers in performance particularly effective and rewarding.

The master class format is also one in which Ryland is very comfortable and experienced. In 1995 he held a master class with three young singers for an audience comprised entirely of at least a hundred or so professional fellow teachers-the Association of Teachers of Singing.

 
He has given successful master classes at the National Opera Studio in London, at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the Royal Northern College of Music. When appearing in the opera houses of the world he is continuously asked to work with their young artists programmes, and has given master classes and individual tuition in companies such as Santa Fe Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, The Netherlands Opera, The Saito Kinen Festival, The Salzburg Easter Festival, British Youth Opera and with the young artists of the Glyndebourne Touring Opera. Ryland’s style as a teacher and giver of classes is supportive and always constructive never destructive, he uses the warmth of his own character, his enthusiasm for the art of singing and performance, and his wide-and continuing-experience as a leading operatic tenor to draw the best from his students.

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