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. ‘Sing 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.