After an outstanding 2015 performance in the Crested Butte Opera Studio, bass-baritone Colin Ramsey is returning for the 2016 season!
Colin Ramsey is already being recognized for his “deep, rich bass” and “touching” performances across the US. His engagements have taken him to Seattle Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Sarasota Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Des Moines Metro Opera, The Green Mountain Opera Festival, the Young Artist Program at Seattle Opera, Pacific Music Works, Opera Naples, Utah Lyric Opera, Sun Valley Opera, and The Greenwich Music Festival.
The 2014-15 season features his first Messiah with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra under conductor Paul Agnew of Les Artes Florissants, and later back to the northwest’s premier early music orchestra, Pacific Musicworks for his role debut as Sarastro in The Magic Flute with Grammy Winner Stephen Stubbs conducting.
Ramsey’s 2013-14 season saw highlights at Seattle Opera in Menotti’s The Consul, where his “sumptuous voice” (Opera News) and “touching, effective” turn as Mr. Kofner marked his mainstage debut at the age of 24. He later reprised the role in the same production with Opera Santa Barbara. Colin found further accolades in Seattle in performances of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia with Vespertine Opera as Collatinus and as Somnus/Cadmus in Handel’s Semele with Pacific Musicworks in a critically acclaimed production. The Seattle Times printed “Colin Ramsey’s deep, rich bass is a foundation you could build a castle on.” Colin also made his debut with the Austin Lyric Opera as Il Frate in Verdi’s Don Carlo, as well as his debut with Green Mountain Opera Festival reprising Alidoro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola.
The 2012-13 season began in Seattle as well when Colin joined the Young Artists Program at Seattle Opera singing the Barone di Kelbar in Verdi’s Un Giorno di regno. Colin next went to Opera Naples (FL) for Angelotti in Tosca. Then to Utah Lyric Opera and Sun Valley Opera for his first Colline in La bohème. He also did his first Alidoro in La Cenerentola with Townsend Opera in Modesto, CA. The season ended with his appointment as an Apprentice Artist at Des Moines Metro Opera where he covered Friar Lawrence in Romeo et Juliette, and sand as a Burgess in Britten’s Peter Grimes. He also was featured in a variety of scenes from Anna Bolena, Don Giovanni, and Hamlet.
Ramsey is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music where he sang Giorgio in the US Premiere of Paisiello’s Nina, Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro, and Sparafucile in Rigoletto. He also was featured as a soloist in many concert and oratorio performances including Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Bach’s B Minor Mass. For his graduation recital he performed alongside renowned collaborative pianist and conductor Kenneth Merrill offering varied works including Hugo Wolf’s Michelangelolieder earning him praise as a “young (but mature beyond his years) artist.”
Mr. Ramsey’s repertoire also includes the title roles in Don Giovanni and Don Pasquale, Don Basilio in Il Barbiere di Sivilglia, Seneca in L’Incoronazione di Poppea, The Speaker in The Magic Flute, Hermann in Les contes d’Hoffmann, and Antinoo and Tempo in Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria.
Colin is an Encouragement Award winner at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in the Western Region. He has also won a prize from the Pasadena Opera Guild, a grant from the Opera Buffs and is the 2011 Hugh Ross Award recipient at Manhattan School of Music, an award which is given every year to a graduating singer of ‘unusual promise.’
He currently resides in Irvine, California.
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