Ryan Speedo Green to Headline Chicago Philharmonic Showcase

By David Salazar

The Chicago Philharmonic is set to present a concert featuring bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green this October.

The event, set for Oct. 14, 2023, will mark Green’s debut with the ensemble. Scott Speck will conduct the program which will feature music from “Champion,” “Il Barbiere di Siviglia,” and “Der Fliegende Holländer,” among other works.

“There are no small concerts for Chicago Philharmonic,” said Chicago Philharmonic’s Executive Director Terell Johnson in an official press statement. “Every event is a catalyst to move our organization forward, to reach new audiences, and to champion the most forward-thinking artists of our time. Ryan Speedo Green is truly one of the finest voices in a generation, and we are honored to present him this fall.”

Green is set for a big moment in the coming weeks as he headlines a new production of Terence Blanchard’s “Champion” at the Metropolitan Opera.

“With Speedo, it’s not just that he can produce big sound,” Blanchard noted. “He has a way of expressing himself that’s compassionate, while still being powerful. I think the complexity in this role, what makes it hard, is that you have to be strong and powerful and still very vulnerable at the same time. That’s a hard thing for some people to pull off, but I know Speedo has the chops to do it.”

He will also headline “Boris Godunov” in Munich as well as “Champion” in Budapest.