Valéry ryvkin


Artistic Leader & Educator

  • Valéry has worked closely with many arts organizations, helping them develop their artistic vision and foster young talent.  

  • As Temple University Boyer College of Music's Associate Professor of Voice and Opera & Artistic Director and Conductor of Temple Opera, Valéry supported young singers' musical development and taught singers and accompanists alike to critically think about music and confidently perform. 


  • Valéry's ongoing interest in supporting the development of young artists has led him to work in recent years with the University of Cincinatti, the iSing International Festival in Suzhou, China, LA Opera's Young Artist Program, Queens College, USC, UCSB, the Merola Young Artist Program, Opera San José, Pittsburgh Opera and more.

  • During his tenure as Artistic Director of Opera Santa Barbara, Ryvkin developed the company into one of the country’s premier regional opera houses. He produced and conducted several festival opera seasons, launched the company’s Young Artist Program, and conducted the World Premiere of composer Stephen Schwartz’s first opera, Séance on a Wet Afternoon” which was commissioned by Opera Santa Barbara. 

  • As the Artistic Director of Greensboro Opera, he was instrumental in bringing the company its very first $1,000,000 donation.

A "Singer's Conductor"

  •  Valéry has conducted operas and prepared orchestras and singers around the world for companies such as Erfurt Theater, Opera Santa Barbara, San Diego Opera, San Francisco Opera, LA Opera, and NCPA in Beijing.

  • The combination of having both coached and worked with singers for years has allowed Valéry to better understand what singer's go through.  

  • Valéry works with singers to make sure the process is collaborative.  They work together to create a final product that is a combination of his ideas and what each singer brings to the role. 

Operatic Coach

  • Valéry works closely with singers to help singers find their voice.

  • Valéry helps singers improve their diction and tease out musical nuances to help singers stand out and improve their musical storytelling.