Sing for Your Life

Sing for Your LifeEvelyn Rubenstein JCC in collaboration with Houston Grand Opera Presents

Sing for Your Life: A Story of Race, Music, and Family

With Author Daniel Bergner and
Opera Singer Ryan Speedo Green

In conversation with
Paul Hopper Houston Grand Opera Assistant Artistic Director

Sunday, Apr 23 | 4:00 PM
Kaplan Theatre

Ryan Speedo Green rose from a tough upbringing of southeastern Virginia to win a nationwide competition hosted by New York’s Metropolitan Opera, beating out 1,200 other talented singers.

Today he is a rising star performing at the Met and some of Europe’s most prestigious opera houses. A bass-baritone, Green will make his Houston Grand Opera debut in The Abduction from the Seraglio, playing the role of Osmin.

Daniel Bergner is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and the author of the novel Moments of Favor and four books of non-fiction. His new book, Sing for Your Life, chronicles Ryan’s unlikely, suspenseful, and powerfully emotional journey from solitary confinement to stardom. 

"Absolutely riveting."
—Renée Fleming

Join us at 3:00 PM in The Deutser Art Gallery
Meet the Artist Opening Reception Birds of Longing: Exile and Memory
Works by fiber artist Laurie Wohl
Internationally known for her unique Unweavings®, liturgical projects, and interfaith message. 

Book sale and signing follows the program. Both events are free. RSVP requested by April 17 at or 713.595.8162.


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