“The excellent quartet of soloists was most notable for bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green…whose voice exudes charisma in ways that even the best bass soloist can’t always manage in the heroic call-to-arms of the final movement. Green’s burnished, unforced sound and projection of words were all of a piece.”
David Patrick Stearns
The Philadelphia Inquirer
July 1, 2014
About Ryan Speedo Green
Praised by Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times for his “robust voice” and Anne Midgette of the Washington Post as an artist “fully ready for a big career,” Bass-Baritone Ryan Speedo Green is quickly establishing himself as an artist of international demand at the world’s leading opera houses. The 2016 – 2017 season sees Mr. Green’s return to the Metropolitan Opera as Colline in the iconic Zeffirelli production of La Boheme, as well as his house and role debut as Osmin in the James Robinson production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail at Houston Grand Opera. Mr. Green will also return to the Wiener Staatsoper for his third season as an ensemble member with roles including Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Timur in Turandot, among others. Additional engagements include his role and house debut as Escamillo in Carmen with Opera San Antonio. Concert work includes Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with the Santa Cruz Symphony, conducted by music director Daniel Stewart.
In the fall of 2016, Little, Brown will publish Sing for Your Life, by New York Times journalist Daniel Bergner. The book tells the story of Mr. Green’s personal and artistic journey: from a trailer park in southeastern Virginia and from time spent in Virginia’s juvenile facility of last resort to the Met stage.
Mr. Green returned to the Wiener Staatsoper as an ensemble member during the 2015 – 2016 season where his roles included Varlam in Boris Godunov, Timur in a new production of Turandot, Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Rochefort in Anna Bolena, Angelotti in Tosca, Hans in Undine, and 5th Jew in Salome, among other assignments. Additional appearances included Ferrando in Il Trovatore with Opera de Lille’s traveling production as well as his debut with the Salzburg Festival as the Third King in Die Liebe der Danae.
Mr. Green made his Met stage debut as a Lindemann Young Artist, singing the Mandarin in Turandot, with additional appearances including Rambo in the premier of The Death of Klinghoffer conducted by David Robertson, the Second Knight in a new production of Parsifal which was broadcast as part of the Met’s Live in HD program, the Bonze in Madama Butterfly, and the Jailer in Tosca. He made his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper as Sparafucile in a new production of Rigoletto, and went on to sing Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Fouquier Tinville in Andrea Chénier, the Monk in Don Carlo, the Pope in Lady Macbeth of Mzensk, Angelotti in Tosca, and the King in Aida.
Additional operatic engagements include the Commendatore in Don Giovanni at The Juilliard School, Colline in La Bohème with Central City Opera, Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola as a resident artist with Opera Colorado, and Son Beau-Pere in a new production of Milhaud’s Le pauvre matelot and Zuniga in Carmen with the National Symphony Orchestra at Wolf Trap Opera.
Orchestral appearances include Strauss’s Daphne with the Cleveland Orchestra conducted by music director Franz Welser-Möst, his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra as Second Soldier in Salome under the baton of Andris Nelsons, a debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra singing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, the bass solo in Verdi’s Requiem with Hartford Chorale, Mozart’s Coronation Mass with the Virginia Symphony, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Florida Symphony and Norwalk Symphony Orchestras. Mr. Green was also a featured soloist in a celebration of song honoring Carlisle Floyd’s 85th Birthday with the Florida State University Department of Music, conducted by the composer.
Honors and awards include National Grand Finals winner of the 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a 2014 George London Foundation Award, a 2014 Annenberg grant recipient, a 2014 Gerda Lissner Foundation First Prize winner, both the Richard and Sara Tucker Grants from the Richard Tucker Foundation, and a finalist in the Palm Beach Opera Competition.
A native of Suffolk, Virginia, Mr. Green received a Master of Music degree from Florida State University, a Bachelor of Music degree from the Hartt School of Music, and was a member of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.