In February of this year, bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green (MM ’10) made a special appearance in “An Afternoon with FSU Opera,” the College of Music’s tribute to retiring Professor and Director of Opera Activities, Douglas Fisher. His compelling performance of “Wie oft in Meeres tiefsten Schlund” from Wagner’s Die Fliegende Hölländer was met with clamorous applause.
Since graduating from the College of Music, Green’s voice and artistry have been seen and heard on the stages of some of the biggest and best opera houses in the world, including the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Washington National Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera. Green was the National Grand Finals winner in the 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and prize-winner of both the Richard and Sara Tucker Grants from the Richard Tucker Foundation. Recent roles have included Uncle Paul in Terrance Blanchard’s Fire Shut up in my Bones, Varlaam in Boris Gudunov, and Jake in Porgy and Bess. During the 2022–2023 season Green will make his leading role debut with the Metropolitan Opera starring as Emile Griffith in Terrence Blanchard’s Champion.
This November, Green will return to the College of Music for a 3-day artist residency that will include masterclasses with College of Music students and a free performance in Opperman Music Hall on November 15th at 7:30 p.m.
“I’m so happy to be returning to the College of Music at FSU as an artist in residence for the next three academic years,” says Green. “Since graduating from FSU, I’ve had the privilege of singing on the stages of the world’s leading opera houses, and I’m looking forward to sharing what I’ve learned from those experiences with the talented students in the voice program.”
Green is set to return to the College of Music every year for the next three years as a part of this new artist residency initiative. “It’s an honor to be invited by the University to establish this extended residency,” says Green. “I am excited to see the growth of the students in the years ahead.”
The College of Music is overjoyed to welcome Green back to Tallahassee, and we look forward to sharing this exceptional opportunity with our students and the Tallahassee community.
To hear more from Ryan Speedo Green, check out his OrigiNole story on the College of Music Facebook page.
Written by Tyler Hast