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Beautiful Music NOW - Ryan Speedo Green

Jiyang Chen

American bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green is a remarkably talented singer with an equally remarkable life story. He transcended a traumatic, abusive childhood, and time in a juvenile detention facility, to become an acclaimed, sought-after opera star. Today's Beautiful Music features Ryan Speedo Green singing Young Emile Griffith’s Act I aria WHAT MAKES A MAN A MAN from Terence Blanchard’s 2013 opera CHAMPION. This is from the final dress rehearsal of the Metropolitan Opera's 2023 production of CHAMPION, with Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting. Make sure you also use this link to learn more about Ryan Speedo Green's life and path to music.

Suzanne Bona is the host and executive producer of Sunday Baroque, a nationally syndicated weekly radio show of Baroque and early music which she originated on WSHU in 1987.