Sing for your Life

Sing for your Life

A Story of Race, Music, and Family

Large Print - 2016
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The touching, triumphant story of a young black man's journey from violence and despair to one of the world's most elite artistic institutions. In 2011, at the age of twenty-four, Ryan won a nationwide competition hosted by New York's Metropolitan Opera. Today, he is a rising star performing major roles at the Met and Europe's most prestigious opera houses.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2016
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410494498
1410494497
Branch Call Number: B G8259B 2016
Characteristics: 411 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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hoboalex
Aug 20, 2018

A very compelling story about a young man who excels in a challenging musical discipline despite poverty and many hardships growing up. Along the way he was helped by a small handful of adults who saw promise in him. His tenacity is simply amazing. The author conveys both Ryan Green's grace and determination as well as the complexity of the problems faced by Mr. Green and children and families in similar circumstances. A multi-layered story that gives hope but makes one despair for those who fall through the cracks.

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pokano
Oct 04, 2016

He had never killed anyone, but if his life continued to deteriorate, it wasn't out of the question. He was just 12. He was incarcerated, some of it in solitary confinement, for threatening his mother with a knife. Today, 18 years later, in an art form traditionally the province of white Europeans and Americans, this 6'5" black man is winning rave reviews for his Colline in the Met's La Boheme. Before that, he wowed the crowds and the critics in Vienna. This book, authored by a contributor to the NY Times, chronicles his difficult (an understatement) youth, his decision to avoid where he was heading, including stories about the people who helped him along the way, and the sheer hard work it took to make him a budding world class opera singer, particularly since he hadn't even known he had any talent for singing until high school. It's a riveting and thought-provoking book, well worth reading.

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