- Samuel Ramey
operasinger Samuel Edward Ramey (born March 28, 1942in Colby, Kansas) is considered one of the finest basso cantante singers of his generation. He is greatly admired for his range and versatility, having both the bel cantotechnique to sing Handel, Mozart, Rossini, as well as the power to handle the dramatic roles of Verdi and Puccini. He is married to soprano Lindsey Larsen since June 29, 2002.
Samuel Ramey is a 1960 graduate of
Colby High Schoolin Colby, Kansas. He studied music in high school and in college at Kansas State Universityand Wichita State. In College at Kansas State, Ramey was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. After further study in Central City (where he was in the chorus of "Don Giovanni" in 1963, with Norman Treiglein the name part) and as an apprentice with the Santa Fe Opera, he went to New Yorkwhere he worked for an academic publisher before he had his first breakthrough at the New York City Opera, where, among other roles, he took over the Faustian devils in Gounod's "Faust" and Boito's "Mefistofele" left empty by the death of Norman Treigle.
As his repertoire expanded, he spent more and more time in the theatres of Europe, notably in Berlin, Hamburg, London, Paris, Vienna, and the summer festivals in Aix-en-Provence, Glyndebourne, Pesaro, and Salzburg.
In January 1984, Ramey made his debut at the
Metropolitan Operain Handel's "Rinaldo". He has since become a fixture at the La Scala, Royal Opera Houseat Covent Garden, Vienna State Opera, the Paris Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the New York City Opera, and the San Francisco Opera.
In the bel canto repertoire, Ramey has excelled in Mozart's "
Don Giovanni" and " The Marriage of Figaro" and in Rossini's " Semiramide", " The Barber of Seville", " Il Turco in Italia", " L'Italiana in Algeri"; in Donizetti's " Anna Bolena" and " Lucia di Lammermoor" and Bellini's " I Puritani".
Other dramatic roles have included Verdi's "
Nabucco", " Don Carlo", " I Lombardi" and "Jerusalem" and Offenbach's "Tales of Hoffmann" (all four villains).A number of previously obscure operas with strong bass-baritone roles have been revived solely for Ramey, such as Verdi's "Attila", Rossini's "Maometto II", and Massenet's "Don Quichotte".
Ramey has made a huge number of recordings, including nearly all of his operatic roles as well as collections of arias, symphonic works, andcrossover discs of popular American music. He has also appeared on television and videoproductions of the Met's "
Carmen" and "Bluebeard's Castle", San Francisco's "Mefistofele", Glyndebourne's "The Rake's Progress" and Salzburg's"Don Giovanni".
In 1996, Ramey gave a concert at New York's
Avery Fisher Halltitled "A Date with the Devil" in which he sang fourteen arias representing the core of this repertoire, and he continues to tour this program throughout the world. In 2000, Ramey presented this concert at Munich's Gasteig Concert Hall. This performance was recorded live and was released on compact disc in summer 2002.
Ramey lives in
Chicagoand participates in some seventy performances a year.
He is on faculty at Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts.
* [http://www.samuelramey.com/ Samuel Ramey's website]
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