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Ryan Speedo Green

About this Artist

Grammy® Award-winning bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green (Kurwenal) has quickly established himself internationally as an artist in demand at the world’s leading opera houses. The 2022/23 season will see Green’s first leading role at the Metropolitan Opera, when he stars as Emile Griffith in Terence Blanchard’s Champion, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and directed by James Robinson. Green also makes his house debut at the Opéra National de Paris singing Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, and his house debut at Bayerische Staatsoper as Varlaam in Boris Godunov. He also returns to Washington National Opera to sing Ferrando in a new production of Il trovatore and Orest in a new production of Elektra. Orchestral engagements include performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde, his debut with the New York Philharmonic in the world premiere of a new work written for him by Courtney Bryan, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra with Daniele Rustioni for Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death at Carnegie Hall, and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Chamber Ensemble with Yannick Nézet-Séguin for excerpts from Blanchard’s Champion, also at Carnegie Hall. Green appears as a featured artist in the Richard Tucker Gala and with the Peoria Symphony for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. This season also sees Green as Artist-in-Residence with Florida State University, which will include a solo recital and master classes for vocal students.

In the fall of 2016, Little, Brown published Sing for Your Life by New York Times journalist Daniel Bergner. The book tells the story of Green’s personal and artistic journey from a trailer park in Southeastern Virginia and time spent at Virginia’s juvenile facility of last resort to the stage of the Met. The New York Times Book Review called the book “one of the most inspiring stories I’ve come across in a long time” and the Washington Post called it a “vital, compelling, and highly recommended book.”