Ryan Speedo Green, opera singer

After seeing bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green perform as the Commendatore in a production of Don Giovanni at the Juilliard School, a reviewer for The New York Post commented that he had “the magnetic presence of a superstar.” Ryan, who grew up in low-income housing in Suffolk, Virginia, benefited from the support and encouragement of a teacher who steered him to the Governor’s School for the Arts in Norfolk. At the age of 14, he saw Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera and that experience was transformative. Ten years later, after earning a Bachelor of Music from the University of Hartford and a Master of Music from Florida State University, Ryan won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and he was invited to apply for the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. In fall 2014, Ryan joined the Vienna Staatsoper as a company member. Fellowship funds covered the costs of his move to Vienna and provided vital resources for voice lessons and coaching for new roles, including his first major role at the Metropolitan Opera in The Death of Klinghoffer and a new production of Il Trovatore at Opera de Lille.  In 2014, Ryan also won a grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation, a Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation First Prize, a Gerda Lissner Foundation First Prize, and a Grand Prize in the Opera Index competition.  In addition, he reached the semi-finals of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.  In 2016, Little Brown published Sing for Your Life by New York Times journalist Daniel Bergner.  The book recounts Ryan’s journey from his challenging early years to opera stardom. Ryan returned to the Metropolitan Opera in late 2016 to perform as Colline in Puccini’s La Boheme.  He is scheduled to make his debut at the Brevard Music Center Summer Institute and Festival in August 2017.   Click here for more information on Ryan Speedo Green.

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