Ryan Speedo Green ’08

Ryan Speedo GreenBass baritone Ryan Speedo Green is an international opera star who regularly appears with the world’s leading opera houses. Green is currently engaged by the Vienna State Opera singing leading roles, and regularly appears at the Metropolitan Opera, most recently as Oroe in Semiramide, which was broadcast live to movie theaters around the world. Additional credits include appearances with Houston Grand Opera, Boston Symphony Orchestra, LA Philharmonic, and Philadelphia Orchestra.

In fall 2016, his autobiography Sing for Your Life was published. The book tells the story of Green’s personal and artistic journey from a trailer park in southeastern Virginia and time spent in Virginia’s juvenile facility of last resort, to the Met. He has visited, spoken with, and sung for youth at the facility where he was once incarcerated.  

Green has received numerous awards and honors in recognition of his talents, including the 2014 George London Foundation Award, the 2014 Annenberg Grant, and the 2014 Gerda Lissner First Prize. He was also a finalist at the 2015 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition.    

After receiving his bachelor’s degree from the University of Hartford’s The Hartt School in 2008, Green earned a master’s degree in music from Florida State University. He is a native of Suffolk, Va.