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Donald Gramm

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Voice: Bass-baritone
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Year of Birth: 1927
Year of Death: 1983

About Donald Gramm:

Donald John Gramm (February 26, 1927 – June 2, 1983) was an American bass-baritone whose career was divided between opera and concert performances. His appearances were primarily limited to the United States, which at the time was unusual for an American singer. John Rockwell of The New York Times described Gramm as follows: "He had an unusually rich, noble tone, and although its volume may not have been large, it penetrated even the biggest theaters easily. Technically, he could handle bel-canto ornamentation fluently. But his real strengths lay in his aristocratic musicianship (impeccable phrasing that he polished by accompanying himself at the piano, and an easy command of five languages) and his instinctive acting." Among the most notable of his many operatic roles were the title role in Verdi's Falstaff, Leporello in Mozart's Don Giovanni, and Dr. Schön and Jack the Ripper in Berg's Lulu.

Gramm was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin of German ancestry with the surname Grambsch, which he later changed to Gramm. He received his early musical training at the Wisconsin College Conservatory of Music (1933–1944) and sang his operatic debut at age 17 at Chicago's Eighth Street Theater as Raimondo in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor. He later studied at the Chicago Musical College and with Martial Singher.

Donald Gramm lived for over 25 years, until his death, with his life partner Donald Dervin in New York City. They shared two connected brownstones on Park Avenue with the renown theatrical and arts philanthropist, Robert L. B. Tobin. They also spent time at their houses in Connecticut and Santa Fe, where he performed with the Santa Fe Opera.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Notte e giorno faticar Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.02-1

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello
2Don Giovanni a cenar teco Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.20

Type: trioVoice: Br B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni/Leporello/Commendatore
3Bella siccome un angelo Popularity:

Opera: Don PasqualeComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.04

Type: duetVoice: Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Dr Malatesta/Don Pasquale
4Deh! non volerli vittime Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.18

Type: recitativeVoice: S T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Pollione/Oroveso
5Cheti cheti immantinente Popularity:

Opera: Don PasqualeComposer: DonizettiAct: 3.10

Type: duetVoice: Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Dr Malatesta/Don Pasquale
6Meco all'altar di venere Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.04

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pollione
7Tornami a dir che m'ami Popularity:

Opera: Don PasqualeComposer: DonizettiAct: 3.13

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norina/Ernesto
8Qual cor tradisti Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.16

Type: trioVoice: S T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Pollione/Oroveso
9Gia la mensa e preparata Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.18

Type: recitativeVoice: Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni/Leporello
10Cielo a miei lunghi spasimi Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.20-2

Type: quartetVoice: S cA T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna/Smeton/Percy/Rochefort
11Ah! taci ingiusto core Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.02-1

Type: trioVoice: B Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello/Giovanni/Elvira
12O statua gentilissima Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.15

Type: duetVoice: B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello/Giovanni
13Giustizia giustizia Sire! Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S B Br MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elisabeth/Philip II/Rodrigue/Eboli
14Per queste tue manine Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.12-2

Type: duetVoice: B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello/Zerlina
15Ah! pensate che rivolti Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.12

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanna/Enrico
16Sola sola in buio loco Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.08

Type: sextetVoice: B S S T S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello/Elvira/Anna/Ottavio/Zerlina/Masetto
17Venite pur avanti Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.28-3

Type: recitativeVoice: B Br S S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello/Giovanni/Anna/Elvira/Ottavio
18Hat man nicht auch Gold beineben Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.07

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Rocco
19Via da brava Popularity:

Opera: Don PasqualeComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.05

Type: recitativeVoice: Br S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Dr Malatesta/Norina/Don Pasquale
20Da tutti abbandonata Popularity:

Opera: Maria StuardaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.06

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Maria/Roberto
21Varlaam's Song Popularity:

Opera: Boris GodunovComposer: MussorgskyAct:

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Russian

Roles:
22Eh! via buffone Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.01-1

Type: duetVoice: B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello/Giovanni
23Va crudele al Dio spietato Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.15

Type: duetVoice: T S/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pollione/Adalgisa
24In quali eccessi o numi Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.12-3

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira
25Ah! pieta Signori miei Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.10-2

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello
26Vediamo alla modista Popularity:

Opera: Don PasqualeComposer: DonizettiAct: 3.02

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Don Pasquale
27Son rinato or si parli Popularity:

Opera: Don PasqualeComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.07

Type: duetVoice: T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ernesto/Don Pasquale
28Aspetta aspetta cara sposina Popularity:

Opera: Don PasqualeComposer: DonizettiAct: 3.11

Type: duetVoice: B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Don Pasquale/Dr Malatesta
29Bravo bravo Don Pasquale Popularity:

Opera: Don PasqualeComposer: DonizettiAct: 3.16-1

Type: Voice: B Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Don Pasquale/Dr Malatesta/Norina
30Era d'amor l'immagine Popularity:

Opera: Maria StuardaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.12

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Roberto/Elisabetta
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