Ryan Speedo Green
Bass-Baritone Ryan Speedo Green, a native of Suffolk, Virginia, recently completed the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera. Praised by Anthony Tommasini for his “robust voice,” Ryan returns to the Wiener Staatsoper as an ensemble member in the 2015 – 2016 season where he sings Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Rochefort in Anna Bolena, Angelotti in Tosca, Hans in Undine, and 5th Jew in Salome, among other assignments. Ryan will also sing Ferrando in Il Trovatore with Opera de Lille’s traveling production as well as his debut with the Salzburg Festival as the Third King in Die Liebe der Danae. Next season will see Ryan’s return to the Met as Colline in the iconic Zeffirelli production of La Boheme as well as his house and role debut at Houston Grand Opera as Osmin in the James Robinson production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail.
Ryan joined the Wiener Staatsoper as an ensemble member in the 2014 – 2015 season and was featured as Sparafucile in a new production of Rigoletto, as well as Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Fouquier Tinville in Andrea Chénier, the Monk in Don Carlo, the Pope in Lady Macbeth of Mzensk, Angelotti inTosca, and the King in Aida. He also made a return to the Metropolitan Opera as Rambo in the premier ofTheDeath of Klinghofferconducted by David Robertson.
Ryan made his Metropolitan Opera stage debut as a Lindemann Young Artist, singing the Mandarin inTurandot, and went on to sing the Second Knight in a new production of Parsifal, the Bonze in Madama Butterfly and the Jailer in Tosca. Additional operatic engagements include the Commendatore in Don Giovanni at The Juilliard School, Colline in La Bohème with Central City Opera, Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola as a resident artist with Opera Colorado, and Son Beau-Pere in a new production of Milhaud’s Le pauvre matelot and Zuniga in Carmen with the National Symphony Orchestra at Wolf Trap Opera.
Concert work includes his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra as Second Soldier in Salomeunder the baton of Andris Nelsons, a debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra singing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, the bass solo in Verdi’s Requiem with Hartford Chorale, Mozart’s Coronation Mass with the Virginia Symphony, and Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 with the Florida Symphony and Norwalk Symphony Orchestras. Ryan was also a featured soloist in a celebration of song honoring Carlisle Floyd’s 85th Birthday with the Florida State University Department of Music, conducted by the composer.
In the fall of 2016, Little, Brown will publish Sing for Your Life, by New York Timesjournalist Daniel Bergner. The book tells the story of Ryan’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.
Honors and awards include National Grand Finals winner of the 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a 2014 George London Foundation Award, a 2014 Annenberg grant recipient, a 2014 Gerda Lissner Foundation First Prize winner, both the Richard and Sara Tucker Grants from the Richard Tucker Foundation, and a finalist in the Palm Beach Opera Competition. Mr. Green received his Master of Music degree from Florida State University and his Bachelor of Music degree from the Hartt School of Music.