January 14 – Sunday at 7:00 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Concert
Ryan Speedo Green
American bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green is quickly establishing himself as an artist of international demand and stature, singing with leading opera houses and orchestras on both sides of the Atlantic. The 2016-17 season includes Mr. Green’s return to the Metropolitan Opera as Colline in Puccinin’s La Boheme, as well as his house and role debut as Osmin in Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio with Houston Grand Opera. Mr. Green also returns to the Vienna State Opera for his third season as an ensemble member, with roles including Basilio in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and Timur in Turandot.
A book about Mr. Green’s personal journey — Sing for Your Life, by New York Times journalist Daniel Bergner — was published in 2016, telling Green’s story from a trailer park in southeastern Virginia though time spent in Virginia’s juvenile facility-of-last-resort to the Met stage.
A native of Suffolk, Virginia, Mr. Green received a bachelor of music degree from the Hartt School of Music and a master of music degree from Florida State University, and was a member of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.