Samuel Ramey

Recipient of the 2003 San Francisco Opera Medal, Samuel Ramey celebrated his thirtieth anniversary with the Company in 2008 singing the title role of Boris Godunov. Known as one of the music world’s foremost interpreters of bass and bass-baritone repertoire, he made his San Francisco Opera debut as Colline in La Bohème (1978) and has since returned as Count Rodolfo (La Sonnambula, 1984); in the title roles of Le Nozze di Figaro (1986), Mefistofele (1989, 1994), Don Quichotte (1990), Don Giovanni (1991), and Attila (1991); Méphistophélès (Faust, 1995); the Four Villains (Les Contes d’Hoffmann, 1996); the Father (Louise, 1999); and Jacopo Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra, 2001). Ramey’s repertoire includes virtually every musical style, from Argante in Handel's Rinaldo (with which he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1984), to the title role of Bartók's Bluebeard's Castle, which he sang in a new production at the Metropolitan Opera televised by PBS. Recent engagements include Don Basilio (The Barber of Seville) at Paris Opera; Scarpia (Tosca) and the Four Villains with Vienna State Opera; Wurm (Luisa Miller) in Barcelona; Claggart (Billy Budd)at Teatro Comunale in Florence; and Kutuzov (War and Peace), Leporello (Don Giovanni), and Rambaldo (La Rondine) at the Metropolitan Opera. Ramey’s broad discography has earned him three Grammy Awards, the Grand Prix du Disque, and recognition from Opera News and other major publications.