Ramey, Samuel (Edward )
- Charles A. Jahant
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(b Colby, KS, March 28, 1942). American bass . He studied in Wichita and New York, making his début in 1973 as Zuniga at New York City Opera, with whom he sang until 1986; later roles with the company included Gounod’s Méphistophélès and Boito’s Mefistofele, Don Giovanni, Leporello, the Hoffmann villains, Henry VIII (Anna Bolena), Archibaldo, Olin Blitch (Floyd’s Susannah), Attila and Don Quichotte (1986). At Glyndebourne (1976–7) he sang Mozart’s Figaro and Nick Shadow. He made his Chicago and San Francisco débuts (1979) as Colline. At Aix-en-Provence (1980) he sang Assur (Semiramide), returning as Nick Shadow (1992). He first appeared at La Scala and the Vienna Staatsoper (1981) as Figaro, the role of his début at Covent Garden (1982), where he later sang Don Basilio, Gounod’s and Berlioz’s Méphistophélès, the ...