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From Troubled Teenager to Opera Star

Ryan Speedo Green went from juvenile detention to the stage of the Metropolitan Opera.

American Ryan Speedo Green went from a troubled childhood in juvenile detention to becoming an opera singer performing all over the world. He tells Matthew Bannister how his life changed after he saw an African-American opera star singing the lead role in Carmen when he was just fifteen years old.

Image: Ryan Speedo Green as Colline in Puccini's La Bohème
Credit: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

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11 minutes