The Metropolitan Opera has announced that tenor Ben Bliss and bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green will receive the Beverly Sills Artist Award, along with three other singers.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic The Met took the unusual decision to share the grant amongst five singers in total, each receiving a sum of $10,000 towards professional career development. General Manager, Peter Gelb, said “Each one of these gifted artists deserves to win on their own, but we thought this was a more equitable way of dealing with the prize this year.”
Established in 2006 the Beverly Sills Artist Award recognizes extraordinarily gifted singers who have performed on the stage of The Met. Previous winners include Joyce DiDonato, Jamie Barton and Bryan Hymel.
Ben Bliss made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 2014 as Vogelgesang in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and followed with performances as Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor, the Steersman in Der Fliegende Holländer and Ferrando in Così fan tutte. He will take on the roles of Pylade in next season’s performances of Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride and Tom Rakewell in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress.
Ryan Speedo Green sang the role of Jake in The Met’s 2019/20 performances of Porgy and Bess. In 2012, he made his company stage debut as the Mandarin in performances of Turandot, and subsequent performances have included the Second Knight in Parsifal, the Jailer in Tosca, Bonze in Madama Butterfly, Rambo in John Adams’s The Death of Klinghoffer, and the King in Aida.