Thorndike Press

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

  • Daniel Bergner
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  • ISBN-10: 1410494497
  • ISBN-13: 9781410494498
  • DDC: B
  • Shipping Weight: 1.10 lbs ( .50 kgs)
  • 412 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released November 2016

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A New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
A Library Journal Nonfiction Pick

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, Sing for Your Life chronicles Ryan Speedo Green’s suspenseful, racially charged and artistically intricate journey from juvenile solitary confinement to stardom, performing major roles at the Met and Europe’s most prestigious opera houses.


Customer Reviews

“[A] gripping and inspiring mix of biography and cultural history.”

— Publishers Weekly (starred)

“A masterly crafted and unique portrait . . . While fans of opera will find this to be a captivating biography of one of the most decorated bass baritones, this highly recommended narrative is also about a man who conquers his personal demons and limitations to break racial barriers in one of the oldest cultural institutions in the world.”

— Library Journal (starred)

“Bergner brings Green and [his] mentors to vivid, heroic life. . . . Bergner's inspirational biography has instant appeal, and, with the added attention to vocal techniques and rehearsals, readers with an interest in music will be especially rewarded.”

— Booklist