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Ryan Speedo Green

About this Artist

Grammy Award-winning bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green has quickly established himself as an artist of international demand at the world’s leading opera houses. He opens the Metropolitan Opera’s 2021/22 season as Uncle Paul in Fire Shut Up in My Bones, sings Varlaam in Boris Godunov, a reprise of his Grammy Award-winning role of Jake in Porgy and Bess, Colline in La bohème, as well as Truffaldino in Ariadne auf Naxos, which is broadcast as part of the Met’s Live in HD series. Green also makes his house debut with Washington National Opera as Escamillo in Carmen, directed by Francesca Zambello and conducted by music director Evan Rogister.

Orchestral appearances in the 2021/22 season include his role debut as Rocco in Fidelio with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel; Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, conducted by Rafael Payare; a special concert honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with the Virginia Symphony; and Copland’s Old American Songs with Elgin Symphony. He will return to University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music for a special weeklong residency and recital, and he also appears in recital with the Tryon Concert Association and Matinee Musicale Cincinnati.

In the 2020/21 season, Green made his house debut as Jake in Porgy and Bess with Theater an der Wien, as well as his house debut with Palm Beach Opera as both Colline in La bohème and Speaker in Die Zauberflöte. He also made his debut with Columbus Opera for a digital residency and broadcast of the stage version of his best-selling book Sing for Your Life. Concert engagements included appearances as featured soloist with San Diego Symphony for the opening of their new outdoor venue, The Rady Shell; an All-Star Concert with Isabel Leonard at Austin Opera, which is being broadcast on Austin PBS; a concert of arias with the Virginia Arts Festival, conducted by Virginia Opera music director Adam Turner; Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Tulsa Symphony; and an alumni concert of arias with Wolf Trap Opera. Green was also the first Artist-in-Residence for the Texas Opera Alliance, where he held master classes and community events for Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, Austin Opera, Fort Worth Opera, and Opera San Antonio.

The bass-baritone was scheduled to return to the Metropolitan Opera in the 2020/21 season for four roles, including Ferrando in Il trovatore, along with Commendatore in a new production of Don Giovanni and Geisterbote in Die Frau ohne Schatten, both of which were scheduled to be conducted by music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and to be broadcast as part of the Met’s Live in HD series. Green was also scheduled to sing his house and role debut as Rocco in Francesca Zambello’s production of Fidelio with Washington National Opera. Orchestral engagements included a scheduled return to the Mostly Mozart Festival for a staged performance of Mozart’s Requiem, conducted by Louis Langrée, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Marin Alsop at Carnegie Hall as part of a global “Ode to Joy” celebration of the anniversary of the composer’s birth.

In the fall of 2016, Little, Brown published Sing for Your Life by The 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 from time spent in Virginia’s juvenile facility of last resort to the Met stage. 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.” Sing for Your Life has been honored with a number of recognitions including The New York Times bestseller and editor’s choice, a Washington Post Notable Book, and a Publishers Weekly Book of the Year.

Highlights of the artist’s performances at the Metropolitan Opera include his role debut as Jake in James Robinson’s new production of the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, which won a Grammy Award, Colline in the iconic Zeffirelli production of La bohème, in which The New York Times labeled him “the real showstopper,” and the New York Observer marked as his “breakthrough as a star.” Additional highlights include the King in Aida, Oroe in Semiramide, Rambo in the premiere 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. Other operatic engagements include Ferrando in Il trovatore with Opera de Lille’s traveling production, Third King in Die Liebe der Danae with the Salzburg Festival, his house and role debut as Osmin in the James Robinson production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail at Houston Grand Opera, as well as his house and role debut as Escamillo in Carmen with Opera San Antonio.

At the Wiener Staatsoper, Green has been seen as Fasolt in Das Rheingold, Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Varlaam in Boris Godunov, Ferrando in Trovatore, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, and Banquo in Macbeth, Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, Der Einarmige in Die Frau ohne Schatten, Sparafucile in a new production of Rigoletto, Lodovico in Otello, Angelotti in Tosca, Timur in a new production of Turandot, Peneios in Daphne, Fouquier-Tinville in Andrea Chénier, the Monk in Don Carlo, the Pope in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, and the King in Aida.

Orchestral appearances include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel at the Hollywood Bowl, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival, the Florida Symphony, and Norwalk Symphony Orchestras. 

Additional appearances include his debut with the Mostly Mozart Festival singing Mozart’s Requiem with Louis Langrée, appearances with Tanglewood Festival for Verdi’s Requiem with the Tanglewood Music Festival conducted by Andris Nelsons, and Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast with Bramwell Tovey conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra, his debut with the Brevard Music Festival singing Verdi’s Requiem, Strauss’ Daphne with the Cleveland Orchestra conducted by music director Franz Welser-Möst, his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra as the Second Soldier in Salome under the baton of Andris Nelsons, Mahler’s Eighth Symphony with the Ravinia Festival conducted by Marin Alsop, an appearance with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for Bach’s Ich habe genug with the Orion String Quartet, and Mozart’s Coronation Mass with the Virginia Symphony.

Recital engagements include his debut at the Ravinia Festival with pianist Adam Nielsen, at the Terrace Theatre at the Kennedy Center as winner of the Marian Anderson Vocal Award from Washington National Opera, with the George London Foundation at the Morgan Library in New York, accompanied by Ken Noda, with Dayton Opera at the Schuster Performing Arts Center, and a recital and residency at the Torggler Summer Vocal Institute at Christopher Newport University in his native Virginia.

Honors and awards include his winning the National Grand Finals of the 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a 2014 George London Foundation Award, a 2014 Annenberg grant, a 2014 Gerda Lissner Foundation First Prize, both the Richard and Sara Tucker Grants from the Richard Tucker Foundation, and being named a finalist in the Palm Beach Opera Competition.

A native of Suffolk, Virginia, Green earned 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.