Bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green, winner of the the District Finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions for the Rocky Mountain Region in January, was named one of five winners of the Met's National Council Auditions on March 13. “A great day for Ryan,” exclaimed Ellie Caulkins, who was present, “a great day for Colorado, a great day for opera."
The announcement of the five winners was made at the end of the Finals Concert at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato hosted the concert, at which 2001 National Council winner Lawrence Brownlee performed, as did the finalists, with the Met Orchestra, conducted by Patrick Summers. Besides Green, the other winners were bass-baritone Joseph Barron, soprano Michelle Johnson, baritone Joseph Lim and bass-baritone Philippe Sly. Each receives $15,000 in prize money.
Green sang Banquo's aria from Verdi's Macbeth and “La calunnia” from Rossini's The Barber of Seville. The Finals Concert was recorded and will be broadcast at a later date on Colorado Public Radio.
Green joins an impressive roster of winners over the years, including Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Ben Heppner, Patricia Racette, Deborah Voigt, Thomas Hampson, Samuel Ramey, Frederica von Stade, and others.
Born in Suffolk, Virginia, Green is a member of Opera Colorado's Young Artists. He received his bachelor's degree from The Hartt School of Music, and his master's at Florida State University. He sang the role of Colline in Opera Colorado's production of Puccini's La Bohème last November. Green will be singing Don Magnifico in the student matinee of Opera Colorado's production of Rossini's Cinderella, as well as touring productions of Hansel and Gretel and Romeo and Juliet. At the Minnesota Opera next season, he will sing the Bonze in Madama Butterfly, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Johann in Werther, and Audebert in the world premiere of Kevin Puts’s Silent Night.
Another member of Opera Colorado's Young Artists, soprano Christie Hageman, placed third in the Met District Finals.