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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
1Werther est de retour Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 3.08

Type: recitativeVoice: Br MzLanguage: French

Roles: Albert/Charlotte
2Via da brava Popularity:

Opera: Don PasqualeComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.05

Type: recitativeVoice: Br S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Dr Malatesta/Norina/Don Pasquale
3Via caro sposino Popularity:

Opera: Don PasqualeComposer: DonizettiAct: 3.05

Type: duetVoice: S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norina/Don Pasquale
4Venite pur avanti Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.28-3

Type: recitativeVoice: B Br S S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello/Giovanni/Anna/Elvira/Ottavio
5Vediamo alla modista Popularity:

Opera: Don PasqualeComposer: DonizettiAct: 3.02

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Don Pasquale
6Varlaam's Song Popularity:

Opera: Boris GodunovComposer: MussorgskyAct:

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Russian

Roles:
7Va crudele al Dio spietato Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.15

Type: duetVoice: T S/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pollione/Adalgisa
8Tornami a dir che m'ami Popularity:

Opera: Don PasqualeComposer: DonizettiAct: 3.13

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norina/Ernesto
9Son tradito son tradito Popularity:

Opera: Don PasqualeComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.13-2

Type: recitativeVoice: B T Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Don Pasquale/Ernesto/Dr Malatesta/Norina
10Son rinato or si parli Popularity:

Opera: Don PasqualeComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.07

Type: duetVoice: T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ernesto/Don Pasquale
11Son nov'ore Popularity:

Opera: Don PasqualeComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.02

Type: recitativeVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Don Pasquale
12Sola 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
13Signorina in tanta fretta Popularity:

Opera: Don PasqualeComposer: DonizettiAct: 3.03

Type: recitativeVoice: B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Don Pasquale/Norina
14Siete turchi non vi credo Popularity:

Opera: Turco in Italia, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 1.15

Type: quartetVoice: B S S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Don Geronio/Fiorilla/Fiorilla/Selim
15Siamo intesi Popularity:

Opera: Don PasqualeComposer: DonizettiAct: 3.08

Type: recitativeVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Dr Malatesta/Ernesto
16Sei tu confuso Popularity:

Opera: Maria StuardaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.11

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elisabetta/Roberto
17S'ei t'aborre io t'amo ancora Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.21

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Percy/Anna
18Quella vita a me funesta Popularity:

Opera: Maria StuardaComposer: DonizettiAct: 3.02

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elisabetta/Cecil
19Quando avrete introdotto Popularity:

Opera: Don PasqualeComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.04

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Don Pasquale
20Qualche nota di cuffie Popularity:

Opera: Don PasqualeComposer: DonizettiAct: 3.06

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Don Pasquale
21Qual cor tradisti Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.16

Type: trioVoice: S T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Pollione/Oroveso
22Pronto io son Popularity:

Opera: Don PasqualeComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.17

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norina/Dr Malatesta
23Pria di partir signore Popularity:

Opera: Don PasqualeComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.09

Type: recitativeVoice: T B Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ernesto/Don Pasquale/Dr Malatesta/Norina
24Prender moglie? Popularity:

Opera: Don PasqualeComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.08-1

Type: Voice: B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Don Pasquale/Ernesto
25Per queste tue manine Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.12-2

Type: duetVoice: B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello/Zerlina
26O statua gentilissima Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.15

Type: duetVoice: B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello/Giovanni
27Notte e giorno faticar Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.02-1

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello
28Non abbiate paura Popularity:

Opera: Don PasqualeComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.06

Type: recitativeVoice: Br S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Dr Malatesta/Norina/Don Pasquale
29Monsieur Werther Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 1.09-1

Type: recitativeVoice: B Mz SLanguage: French

Roles: Bailli/Charlotte/Sophie
30Misericordia! Popularity:

Opera: Don PasqualeComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.07

Type: recitativeVoice: Br S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Dr Malatesta/Norina/Don Pasquale
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