Opera Singer Ryan Speedo Green Inspires with Story and Song

Monday, October 03, 2016

Ryan Speedo Green (Dario Acosta)

PLEASE NOTE: Regretfully our conversation, “How I Got Over: Rising Opera Star Ryan Speedo Green,” slated for this evening, October 5 at 7PM, has been cancelled due to artist illness.

At twelve years old, Ryan Speedo Green was placed in solitary confinement in Virginia’s juvenile facility of last resort. At twenty-four, he won America’s most prestigious contest for young opera singers, beating 1,200 other singing hopefuls, and this fall he will make his starring debut at the Metropolitan Opera in Puccini’s La Bohème.

Join us for an evening of song and conversation with Green and Daniel Bergner, author of Sing for Your Life: A Story of Race, Music, and Family, to examine one man’s unlikely journey from solitary to stardom, a journey that sheds light on the realities of race in America. Hosted by WNYC producer of special projects on race Rebecca Carroll.

 You can hear more about Ryan Speedo Green's story from this recent Fresh Air interview.

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