Los Angeles Times

In the orchestra pit, company conductor (and Music Director) Valery Ryvkin kept a steady, sturdy hand…Valéry Rykin, Opera Santa Barbara’s resourceful Music Director and conductor coaxes the best out of cast and chorus alike. (Seance on a Wet Afternoon, Opera Santa Barbara) 

San Diego Opera's production boasts some 300 on- and off-stage cast and crew -- including 16 ballet dancers and the 73-piece San Diego Symphony confidently conducted by Valery Ryvkin in the pit.  (Aida, San Diego Opera)

Broadway World

 Conductor Valery gave us a taste of the wonderful art that originated in the land of his birth. Under his leadership, the Opera Santa Barbara Orchestra delivered an involving rendition of Tchaikovsky's masterful score that included many instrumental highlights such as the woodwind solos that enlivened Tatiana's Letter Scene. (Eugene Onegin, Opera Santa Barbara) 

Opera News

 Santa Barbara Music Director Valery Ryvkin conducted with a superior ear for balances. (Séance on a Wet Afternoon, Opera Santa Barbara) (Germany)

 …the St. Petersburg born Conductor, who has been considered one of the most important of the current American conductors, has for many years worked at the opera houses of San Francisco, Chicago, Santa Barbara, and the MET in New York. He is one of the world’s leading experts in Tchaikovsky and the Russian repertoire. His “Boris Godunov” in San Diego was a great success, and in Erfurt the congenial Russian demonstrated a profound understanding of “Joan.” Under his direction the Philharmonic Orchestra of Erfurt was in best form from the very first minutes. They played the dramatic score with broad bows and sharp attaches, and provided the singers with a magnificently colored tableau.

Broad Street Review

 Almost all seven roles are major, but the young Temple singers were impressively up to histrionic and vocal intricacies alike, and the orchestra under Valéry Ryvkin would have made Mozart proud.  (La finta gardiniera, Temple University Boyer College of Music)