Samuel Ramey

Biography

Born: March 28, 1942; USA  
Basses are not typically the superstars of the operatic world, but Samuel Ramey is an exception to that rule. Though his voice does not have the sonority of a Nicolai Ghiaurov or a Boris Christoff, his instrument is remarkable for its easy flexibility -- dealing effortlessly with long runs, ornaments, and leaps -- and its brilliant intensity. His stage presence (particularly when portraying "devil" figures) is vivid and lively, aided by an Read more attractive physique and a dancer-like grace. He and the various stage directors have tended to emphasize these aspects, giving rise to the comment that "Ramey's Mefistofele has everything one could desire, except possibly a shirt."

While he was attending Kansas State University, Ramey's interest in operatic music was awakened when a friend suggested that he audition for a summer program at Colorado's Central City Opera. He was accepted and got to sing in the chorus for two productions. Soon after, he began to study avidly, first at Wichita State University and later in New York with Armen Boyajian; he made his professional debut in 1973 as Zuniga in Bizet's Carmen at the New York City Opera. His Glyndebourne debut was in 1976 as Figaro in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro.

A 1980 performance of Rossini's Semiramide at Aix-en-Provence, opposite Monserrat Caballé and Marilyn Horne, made him an overnight sensation. For critics and audience alike, this new bass with the ideal power and agility was a welcome surprise. His La Scala debut came the next year as Mozart's Figaro, followed by his Covent Garden debut in 1982, in the same role. In 1984, he made his Metropolitan debut as Argante in Rinaldo. He has been a regular at the Pesaro Rossini Festival. Many Rossini bass roles had become "character parts" over the years -- performed more in parlando than actually sung (partly for comedy, partly because of the extreme difficulty of the roles) -- and Ramey determined to sing these as written. His instinctive gift for comedy without clownishness has served him well in these parts, as well as in his various diabolical roles, most of which contain a good deal of sardonic humor. He performs arias from his darker roles in his "Date with the Devil" concerts.

Later in his career, as his voice became darker and weightier, Ramey slowly began to drop the florid Rossini and Handel roles in favor of the heavier Verdi roles, such as King Philip in Don Carlo, Fiesco in Simon Boccanegra, and even Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov. He has also performed twentieth century repertoire widely, especially noted for his Reverend Olin Blitch in Floyd's Susannah and Nick Shadow in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress.

Ramey is the most recorded bass in history, with dozens of recordings to his credit. These range from nearly all of his operatic roles to solo recordings of arias and song, and even some musical theater. He has appeared on the TV series Live from Lincoln Center and in TV and video recordings of many of his roles. Read less
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  • 151.
    Floyd: Susannah / Nagano, Studer, Ramey, Hadley, Chester
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 45039 Release Date: 09/13/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carlisle Floyd
    Performer:  Jerry Hadley,  Steven Cole,  Kenn Chester,  Della Jones  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra,  Lyon Opera Chorus
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  • 152.
    Rossini: Il Barbiere Di Siviglia - Highlights / Chailly
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 53501 Release Date: 06/14/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Paolo Barbacini,  Raquel Pierotti,  Samuel Ramey,  Leo Nucci  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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  • 153.
    Verdi: Aida - Highlights / Levine, Millo, Domingo, Zajick
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 53506 Release Date: 06/14/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Aprile Millo,  Dolora Zajic,  Placido Domingo,  James Morris  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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  • 154.
    Gounod: Faust / Rizzi, Hadley, Gasdia, Ramey, Mentzer
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 90872 Release Date: 05/31/1994   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Charles Gounod
    Performer:  Cecilia Gasdia,  Samuel Ramey,  Jerry Hadley,  Susanne Mentzer  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra,  Welsh National Opera Chorus
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  • 155.
    Rossini: Semiramide / Marin, Studer, Ramey, Larmore, Lopardo
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 437797 Release Date: 04/12/1994   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Samuel Ramey,  Frank Lopardo,  Julia Faulkner,  Jan-Hendrik Rootering  ... 
    Conductor:  Ion Marin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
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  • 156.
    Mozart: Die Zauberflöte - Highlights / Marriner, Et Al
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 438495 Release Date: 11/16/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Iris Vermillion,  Yvonne Kenny,  Cheryl Studer,  Aldo Baldin  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
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  • 157.
    Verdi: Rigoletto / Rizzi, Agache, Vaduva, Leech, Et Al
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 90851 Release Date: 11/02/1993   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Alexandru Agache,  Samuel Ramey,  Jennifer Larmore,  Leontina Vaduva  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
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  • 158.
    Handel: Semele / Nelson, Battle, Horne, Ramey, Aler, Mcnair
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 435782 Release Date: 08/10/1993   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Kathleen Battle,  Michael Chance,  John Aler,  Sylvia McNair  ... 
    Conductor:  John Nelson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
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  • 159.
    Puccini: Tosca / Davis, Caballé, Carreras, Wixell
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 438359 Release Date: 08/10/1993   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Domenico Trimarchi,  Ingvar Wixell,  Montserrat Caballé,  Ann Murray  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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  • 160.
    Haydn: Armida / Doráti, Norman, Ahnsjö, Burrowes, Ramey
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 432438 Release Date: 06/14/1993   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Robin Leggate,  Samuel Ramey,  Norma Burrowes  ... 
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
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  • 161.
    Verdi: Don Carlo / Levine, Sylvester, Millo, Ramey, Chernov
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 52500 Release Date: 04/20/1993   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Jane Bunnell,  Kathleen Battle,  Dwayne Croft,  Ferruccio Furlanetto  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Chorus
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  • 162.
    Donizetti: Lucia Di Lammermoor / Marin, Studer, Domingo
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 435309 Release Date: 03/16/1993   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
    Performer:  Juan Pons,  Fernando De La Mora,  Samuel Ramey,  Jennifer Larmore  ... 
    Conductor:  Ion Marin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
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  • 163.
    Offenbach: Tales Of Hoffmann / Tate, Norman, Araiza, Et Al
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 422374 Release Date: 09/15/1992   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach
    Performer:  Cheryl Studer,  Eva Lind,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Francisco Araiza  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden State Opera Orchestra,  Leipzig Radio Chorus
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  • 164.
    Puccini: Tosca / Sinopoli, Freni, Domingo, Ramey
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 431775 Release Date: 09/15/1992   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Samuel Ramey,  Bryn Terfel,  Anthony Laciura,  Angelo Veccia  ... 
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 165.
    Rossini: Messa Di Gloria / Marriner, Jo, Murray, Ramey
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 434132 Release Date: 09/04/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Ann Murray,  Samuel Ramey,  Francisco Araiza,  Sumi Jo  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus
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  • 166.
    The Best Of Rossini
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67440 Release Date: 04/14/1992   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  June Anderson,  Franck Pourcel,  Mady Mesplé,  Jane Berbié  ... 
    Conductor:  Eric Ericson,  Karl Forster,  Nicholas Cleobury,  Riccardo Muti  ... 
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  • 167.
    Kismet / 1991 Studio Cast
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 46438 Release Date: 11/15/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Forrest
    Performer:  Mandy Patinkin,  Ruth Ann Swenson,  Julia Migenes,  Jerry Hadley  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Gemignani
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 168.
    Bruckner: Symphony No 1, Te Deum / Barenboim, Norman, Ramey, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 435068 Release Date: 07/15/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Performer:  Yvonne Minton,  David Rendall,  Samuel Ramey,  Jessye Norman
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Chorus,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 169.
    Verdi: Aida / Levine, Millo, Domingo, Morris, Ramey, Zajick
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 45973 Release Date: 04/19/1991   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Terry Cook,  James Morris,  Aprile Millo,  Hong Hei-Kyung  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Chorus
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  • 170.
    Boito: Mefistofele / Patané, Ramey, Domingo, Martón
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 44983 Release Date: 01/18/1991   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Arrigo Boito
    Performer:  Samuel Ramey,  Sergio Tedesco,  Eva Farkas,  Tamara Takács  ... 
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Patané
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hungarian State Orchestra,  Hungarian State Opera Chorus
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  • 171.
    Rossini: La Gazza Ladra / Gelmetti, Ricciarelli, Matteuzzi
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 45850 Release Date: 01/14/1991   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Katia Ricciarelli,  Samuel Ramey,  Roberto Coviello,  Luciana D'Intino  ... 
    Conductor:  Gianluigi Gelmetti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin,  Prague Philharmonic Chorus
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  • 172.
    Bartok: Bluebeard's Castle / Fischer, Marton, Ramey
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 44523 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók
    Performer:  Eva Martón,  Samuel Ramey
    Conductor:  Adám Fischer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hungarian State Opera Orchestra
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  • 173.
    Bellini: Norma / Sutherland, Caballé, Pavarotti, Ramey
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 414476 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini
    Performer:  Montserrat Caballé,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Samuel Ramey,  Diana Montague  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Chorus,  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
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  • 174.
    Handel: Messiah / Battle, Quivar, Aler, Ramey, Davis
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 49027 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Florence Quivar,  John Aler,  Kathleen Battle,  Samuel Ramey
    Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony Orchestra,  Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
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  • 175.
    Mozart: Don Giovanni - Highlights / Karajan, Ramey, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 419635 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Agnes Baltsa,  Alexander Malta,  Kathleen Battle,  Gösta Winbergh  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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