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Samuel Ramey

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Voice: Bass
Nationality: American
Year of Birth: 1942

About Samuel Ramey:

Samuel Ramey (born March 28, 1942, Colby, Kansas) is an American operatic bass.

At the height of his career, he was greatly admired for his range and versatility, having possessed a sufficiently accomplished bel canto technique to enable him to sing the music of Handel, Mozart, and Rossini, yet power enough to handle the more overtly dramatic roles written by Verdi and Puccini.

Ramey is a 1960 graduate of Colby High School in Colby, Kansas. He studied music in high school and in college at Kansas State University, as well as at Wichita State with Arthur Newman. In college at Kansas State, he 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 Treigle in the title role) and as an apprentice with the Santa Fe Opera, he went to New York City where he worked for an academic publisher before he had his first breakthrough at the New York City Opera, debuting on March 11, 1973 singing the role of Zuniga in the 1875 Bizet opera Carmen, after which, among other roles, he took over the Faustian devils in Gounod's Faust and Boito's Mefistofele left empty by the early death of Treigle.

As his repertoire expanded, he spent more and more time in the theatres of Europe, notably in Berlin, Hamburg, London, Paris, Milan, Vienna, and the summer festivals in Aix-en-Provence, Glyndebourne, Pesaro, and Salzburg.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Sorge infausta una procella Popularity:

Opera: OrlandoComposer: HandelAct: 3.10-2

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Zoroastro
2Tra quest arbori celata Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.26

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Zerlina/Giovanni/Masetto
3La ci darem la mano Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.12

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Zerlina/Giovanni
4Vieni o Levita Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04-1

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Zaccaria
5Tom Rakewell? Popularity:

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 1.04

Type: recitativeVoice: T Br/BLanguage: English

Roles: Tom Rakewell/Nick Shadow
6Master, are you alone? Popularity:

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 2.04

Type: recitativeVoice: T Br/BLanguage: English

Roles: Tom Rakewell/Nick Shadow
7My heart is cold Popularity:

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 2.15

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Tom Rakewell
8Or di vulcano al tempio Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.08-2

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: King of Egypt
9Alta cagion v'aduna Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.07

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: King of Egypt
10Il grande inquisitor! Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.02-1

Type: recitativeVoice: B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Inquisitor/Philip II
11Vieni cara Susanna Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 2.02

Type: recitativeVoice: S S B-BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Susanna/Rosina/Figaro
12Or bene ascolta e taci Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 1.05

Type: recitativeVoice: S B-BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Susanna/Figaro
13Cosa stai misurando Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 1.03

Type: recitativeVoice: S B-BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Susanna/Figaro
14Crudel perche finora Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 3.02

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Susanna/Count
15Lost in the stars Popularity:

Opera: Lost in the StarsComposer: WeillAct: 1.11

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles:
16Suoni la tromba Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 2.10

Type: duetVoice: Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Giorgio
17Se tra il buio un fantasma vedrai Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 2.08

Type: duetVoice: B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giorgio/Riccardo
18Infelice e tuo credevi Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 1.12

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Silva
19Ah! sconvolta nell ordine eterno Popularity:

Opera: SemiramideComposer: RossiniAct: 1.35

Type: recitativeVoice: S cA T B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Semiramide/Arsace/Idreno/Assur/Oroe
20Al mio pregar t'arrendi Popularity:

Opera: SemiramideComposer: RossiniAct: 2.29

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Semiramide
21D'un bell uso di Turchia Popularity:

Opera: Turco in Italia, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 2.02

Type: duetVoice: B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Selim/Don Geronio
22Bella Italia alfin ti miro Popularity:

Opera: Turco in Italia, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 1.10

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Selim
23Oh Dio! Mimì! Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 4.08-1

Type: quintetVoice: Br S T S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Schaunard/Mimì/Rodolfo/Musetta/Marcello
24O Isis und Osiris Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.03

Type: aria,choirVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Sarastro
25In diesen heil'gen Hallen Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.13

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Sarastro
26Je viens celebrer la victoire Popularity:

Opera: Samson et DalilaComposer: Saint-SaënsAct: 1

Type: trioVoice: T Mz BrLanguage: French

Roles: Samson/Dalila/High Priest
27Mi par d'esser con la testa Popularity:

Opera: Barbiere di Siviglia, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 1.27

Type: Voice: cA/Mz B T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rosina/Basilio/Count/Figaro
28Ecco qua! Sempre un'istoria Popularity:

Opera: Barbiere di Siviglia, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 1.24-1

Type: quartetVoice: cA/Mz B T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rosina/Bartolo/Count/Berta
29Ora mi sento meglio Popularity:

Opera: Barbiere di Siviglia, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 1.20

Type: recitativeVoice: cA/Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rosina/Bartolo
30Don Basilio! Popularity:

Opera: Barbiere di Siviglia, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 2.09

Type: quintetVoice: cA/Mz T Br B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rosina/Count/Figaro/Bartolo/Basilio
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