Rhapsody in Black

Bass baritone Ryan Speedo Green has beaten the odds

Ryan Speedo Green as Colline in Puccini's 'La Bohème.' Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera

Rhapsody in Black - Ryan Speedo Green


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June 09, 2022

Bass baritone Ryan Speedo Green has experienced an all-too-familiar upbringing that is similar to many troubled Black youths in America. From an abusive home to solitary confinement, he beat the odds to become a rising star in opera with the support and love of an outstanding music teacher. Now, Green has performed in more than 100 productions at the Metropolitan Opera.

Musical performances by Ryan Speedo Green

Come Dal Ciel Precipita,’ from Macbeth

This performance of the 2019 Wiener Staatsoper production of Macbeth sees Green play the role of Lord Banquo, who after being betrayed by his friend Macbeth comes back as a ghost to fulfill his prophecy.

‘Le Veau d’Or,’ from Faust

In 2021, Green partnered with the Austin Opera and PBS to put on a concert of opera arias. In this exciting work, “Le Veau d’Or” is sung by Mephistopheles, who is revealing his true powers to Faust, but only after the infamous pact had been made.

‘O Tu Palermo,’ from I Vespri Siciliani

Singing the role of the Sicilian doctor Giovanni da Procida, Green blows audiences away with his powerful voice, which fully displays the emotion felt when one greets their homeland after many years in exile.


Host: Tesfa Wondemagegnehu

Producer: Dan Nass

Writers: Andrea Blain and Scott Blankenship

Executive Producer: Julie Amacher