Sat, Apr 17, 7:30pm
Ryan Speedo Green, bass-baritone And Singers from the Virginia Opera Emerging Artists Program
Virginia Symphony Orchestra
Adam Turner, conductor
“The real showstopper…” - The New York Times
"From his first moment onward, Ryan Speedo Green’s booming bass was simply a revelation. It grabs you and holds your attention with its richness and size." - Opera Wire
The story of Ryan Speedo Green’s journey from a bleak childhood that included a stint in juvenile detention to an internationally acclaimed opera career reads like a fascinating book–and in fact it has become one, with Sing for Your Life: A Story of Race, Music and Family getting features on “CBS This Morning” and public radio’s “Fresh Air” and making the recommended lists of The New York Times and The Washington Post. Raised in a housing project in Suffolk, Green’s life was changed forever when he went on a field trip to the Metropolitan Opera with The Governor’s School for the Arts. Today he is a headline-making voice at the Met, along with being an ensemble member of the legendary Vienna State Opera. Hear this powerful singer perform opera favorites with young singers on the rise from the Virginia Opera Emerging Artists Program, backed by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra conducted by Adam Turner, the Artistic Director of Virginia Opera. A soaring evening of song you won’t soon forget!