Ryan Speedo Green

Askonas Holt is delighted to announce the European management of bass-baritone, Ryan Speedo Green, in partnership with Promethean Artists.

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A native of Suffolk, Virginia, bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green has quickly garnered an international reputation as a “breakthrough star”, appearing at many of the world’s most important opera houses and music festivals.

Operatic highlights of the 2019/20 season include a return to the Metropolitan Opera as Jake Porgy and Bess. For the Wiener Staatsoper he sings Raimondo Lucia di Lammermoor, Banquo Macbeth, Lodovico Otello and Titurel Parsifal, amongst others. Further ahead Speedo sings Rocco Fidelio for Washington National Opera and returns to the Metropolitan Opera for Commendatore Don Giovanni, Gesiterbote Die Frau ohne Schatten and Ferrando Il Trovatore.

Orchestral highlights for 2019/20 include Beethoven 9 with Sir Simon Rattle at the BBC Proms and The King in a concert performance of Aida for the Lanaudière Festival.

Last season Mr Green returned to the Metropolitan Opera to sing the King Aida and Colline La Bohème. For the Wiener Staatsoper he sang Sarastro Die Zauberflöte, Raimondo Lucia di Lammermoor, Der Einarmige Die Frau ohne Schatten, and Lodovico Otello, amongst others.

In 2016, Little, Brown & Company published ‘Sing for Your Life’, by New York Times journalist Daniel Bergner, telling the story of Mr Green’s personal and artistic journey to the Met stage. for your Life has been honoured with a number of accolades, including the New York Times bestseller and editor’s choice, a Washington Post Notable Book, and a Publishers Weekly Book of the Year.

Amongst his many other awards, he is the winner of the 2014 George London Foundation Award, a 2014 Annenberg grant recipient, a 2014 Gerda Lissner Foundation First Prize winner and a finalist in the Palm Beach Opera Competition.

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    27 Sep 18 VERDI Aida
    Metropolitan Opera

    “Two low voices, Dmitry Belosselskiy as Ramfis and Ryan Speedo Green as the King, were strong in voice and presence.”


    Ako Imamura, Bachtrack, 27th September 2018

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    19 Feb 18 ROSSINI Semiramide
    Metropolitan Opera

    “From his first moment onward, Ryan Speedo Green’s booming bass was simply a revelation. It’s a coarser sound, but it grabs you and holds your attention with its richness and size. Oroe is perhaps not a massive assignment, but he is slowly establishing his presence at the Met and will no doubt be a major star in years to come.”

    David Salazar, OperaWire, 22 February 2018

    “The fast-rising bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green was stylish and stentorian as the high priest Oroe.”

    Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 12 March 2018


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    01 May 17 MOZART Die Entführung aus dem Serail
    Houston Grand Opera

    “Bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green is both the opera’s standout star and least likable character as Osmin, Pasha Selim’s overseer and harem guard. From his first major aria—where he hog-ties Pedrillo and sings about how he’ll mangle, strangle, rip and tear him apart—he was a fantasy of sonorous, rumbling tone and accuracy. Green has mastered the trick of Mozart, who remains hands down the most adroit opera composer ever—you have to make something really difficult to sing effortlessly.”

    Sydney Boyd, Houstonia, 1st May 2017

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    06 Oct 16 PUCCINI La Boheme
    Metropolitan Opera

    “But this performance will be remembered, I think, as the night of bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green’s breakthrough as a star. His full and distinctive voice made even the tiniest lines sound important, and his final act “Coat Aria” felt like the climax of the whole opera. I predict this artist, already mightily impressive, will soon be so essential he’ll be anchoring a Gesamtkunstwerk of his very own.”

    James Jorden, The Observer, 6th October 2016

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    18 Jan 16 VERDI Il Trovatore
    Opéra de Lille

    “Finally, we salute the bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green as Ferrando: a secondary role perhaps, but, from the opening, tremendously incarnate.”

    Sophie Bourdais, Télérama, 18th January 2016

Sing for Your Life

By Daniel Berner

“Written with film like immediacy. … This book is so good. … And the key element—highlighted by the book’s subtitle, ‘A Story of Race, Music, and Family’—is Bergner’s tackling of issues of race.  With sensitivity and candor, he shows the subtle and not-so-subtle challenges the opera world poses to singers of color. … A vital, compelling and highly recommended book.”

Anne Midgette, The Washington Post


Accolades include:

A New York Times bestseller

A New York Times Notable Book

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

A Washington Post Notable Book

A Publishers Weekly Book of the Year

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

A Library Journal Nonfiction Pick of September