Samuel Ramey

Samuel Edward Ramey ( born March 28, 1940 according to other sources 1942 in Colby, Kansas) is an American opera singer ( bass).

Ramey was trained at Wichita University and private and debuted in 1972 at New York City Opera as Zuniga in Carmen.

He is among other things a stage devil par excellence ( Mephistopheles in La damnation de Faust, Faust and Mefistofele, Nick Shadow in The Rake 's Progress, the four evil spirits in Les Contes d' Hoffmann), as an excellent Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro ) and as a solid Don Giovanni, Escamillo and as Pimen in Boris Godunov. Samuel Ramey's voice is a sonorous basso cantante, which is able to present an ornate arias (music by Handel, Rossini, etc.) with ease. He is also a very good Attila (Verdi).

Samuel Ramey was married to the soprano Lindsey Larsen since June 29, 2002. They have one son.

Discography (selection)

Complete opera recordings