DAYTON, OH (March 3, 2019) – On Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 3 p.m. in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, Dayton Opera, under the leadership of Artistic Director Thomas Bankston, will present an Opera Star Recital featuring acclaimed vocalist Ryan Speedo Green. Leadership Sponsor for this performance is ELM Foundation. Project Sponsor is the Allegro Fund of The Dayton Foundation.
Ryan Speedo Green has blazed an astounding trail leading from a challenging early life to the great opera stages of the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Salzburg Festival, and the Vienna State Opera. Praised by Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times for his “robust voice” and Anne Midgette of the Washington Post as an artist “fully ready for a big career,” bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green is quickly establishing himself as an artist of international demand at the world’s leading opera houses.
Despite a hard beginning and a stint with juvenile detention at the age of 12, Green received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Hartt School of Music and a Master of Music degree from Florida State University, and he was a member of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Recognition came quickly for the young bass-baritone after his 2011 win at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
In the fall of 2016, Little, Brown published Sing for Your Life by New York Times journalist Daniel Bergner. The book tells the story of Mr. 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. Soprano Renée Fleming has described the biography as “absolutely riveting.”
Green has been featured on CBS This Morning, and this past December 9, 2018, correspondent Scott Pelley of 60 Minutes on CBS presented an extended interview with this rising opera star.
Ryan Speedo Green takes center stage at the Schuster Center this month. His recital program will begin with an operatic excerpt from Richard Wagner’s Das Rheingold, followed by German lieder selections of Hugo Wolf, Gustav Mahler, and Franz Liszt. The second half will begin with arias from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Le Nozze de Figaro, and Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah. The program will conclude with a group of American art songs by African-American composers Margaret Bonds, Florence B. Price, Leslie Adams, and Howard Swanson, three of which are set to texts of Langston Hughes and one to a text of Edna St. Vincent Millay. Accompanying Mr. Green in his recital is pianist Adam Nielsen.
Don’t miss your chance to hear this man who has inspired so many and the voice that lifted him to international recognition.
Tickets for Ryan Speedo Green: Opera Star Recital are available at www.daytonperformingarts.org or by calling Ticket Center Stage at (937) 228-3630. Senior, student, and military discounts are available. For more information or to order subscriptions, including flexible subscription types that include performances by Dayton Philharmonic, Dayton Opera and Dayton Ballet, visit www.daytonperformingarts.org.
About the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was formed in July 2012 as the result of a groundbreaking and innovative merger between the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Together, they are the largest performing arts organization in the community, offering a tremendous variety of performance and education programs and setting a new standard for artistic excellence. Dayton Performing Arts Alliance performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance also receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio’s cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents. In 2013, The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was thrilled to be one of five performing arts organizations in the country selected to receive a three-year “Music Alive” grant from New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is the proud recipient of a 2017-2018 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.