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Ramey, Samuel

Works: 994 works in 3,572 publications in 9 languages and 50,555 library holdings
Genres: Operas  Drama  Live sound recordings  Excerpts  Chamber operas  Songs and music  Musicals  Filmed operas  Televised operas  Interviews 
Roles: Performer, Singer, Author, Vocalist, Instrumentalist, Other, Commentator, Actor, Musician, Artist, bas
Classifications: M1500, 782.1
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Samuel Ramey
Messiah : highlights by George Frideric Handel( )

23 editions published between 1987 and 2009 in English and held by 2,255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Don Giovanni (highlights) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( )

18 editions published between 1961 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 1,726 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Highlights from the original soundtrack of the Joseph Losey film
Il viaggio a Reims by Gioacchino Rossini( )

43 editions published between 1985 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 1,396 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Il Viaggio a Reims: Dramma giocoso in un'atto. Libretto: Luigi Balocchi
Don Carlo by Giuseppe Verdi( )

41 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 1,205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Music Director James Levine has long championed Verdi's majestic opera that pits a ruler's public duty against private desires. Aprile Millo is Elizabeth of Valois, engaged to Don Carlo (Michael Sylvester), heir to the Spanish throne. But their love is thwarted when his father, King Philip II (Samuel Ramey), marries her himself. Dolora Zajick is Princess Eboli, the king's mistress who is also in love with Don Carlo. Vladimir Chernov is Don Carlo's best friend, Rodrigo, and Sergei Koptchak is the imperious Grand Inquisitor
Opera arias by Samuel Ramey( )

24 editions published between 1987 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 1,129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mefistofele by Arrigo Boito( )

38 editions published between 1990 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 997 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The only complete opera by Arrigo Boito--the energetic composer, writer, and revolutionary who famously collaborated with Verdi towards the end of his career--Mefistofele is a riveting retelling of the classic Faustian legend. The score conjures a vivid clash between the forces of good and evil, which only finds resolution in the work's powerful ending. Samuel Ramey brings his characteristically rich bass-baritone and energetic stage presence to the title role, opposite Richard Margison as the philosopher Faust and Veronica Villarroel as both the naive Margherita and the alluring Helen of Troy. Mark Elder leads the mighty Met Orchestra and Chorus in this under-appreciated gem
Il barbiere di Siviglia by Gioacchino Rossini( )

50 editions published between 1982 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 980 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The pretty Rosina (Frederica von Stade in one of her most beloved roles) blithely foils her old guardian Bartolo's (Louis Quilico) plans to keep her from the man she loves so he can marry her himself. But her sweetheart, Count Almaviva (Stanford Olsen), would be lost without the help of Figaro, the ever resourceful barber of the title (Thomas Hampson). Together, the three outwit the crotchety old man, and even Don Basilio (Samuel Ramey) can't help him
Norma by Vincenzo Bellini( )

39 editions published between 1987 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 865 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pollione, a Roman Proconsul, has two children by Norma, a Druid priestess, in the course of a long relationship. Norma isn't as young and beautiful as once she was. A temple virgin, Adalgisa, is young and beautiful. Pollione must have her. He has importuned the young virgin to run away with him to Rome, and she has finally agreed. When Norma learns of Pollione's faithlessness, she threatens to kill the two children. Before she can do this, the Druid temple priests apprehend Pollione as he attempts to abscond with their sacred virgin, Adalgisa. The priests build a pyre to burn Pollione to death. Norma relents. Instead of killing the children, she blames herself for her misery and climbs onto the pyre to die with Pollione
The rake's progress by Igor Stravinsky( Recording )

52 editions published between 1975 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 859 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

James Levine leads a great cast in Stravinsky's powerful tale of a young man's fall. Paul Groves is Tom Rakewell, who leaves a life in the country and the faithful Anne Trulove (Dawn Upshaw) for the temptations of London--seduced by the sinister Nick Shadow (Samuel Ramey), better known as the devil. Stephanie Blythe stars as Baba the Turk
Le nozze di Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( Recording )

10 editions published between 1982 and 2012 in Italian and No Linguistic content and held by 848 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Comic opera in four acts."
Tosca : highlights by Giacomo Puccini( )

44 editions published between 1976 and 2007 in 6 languages and held by 837 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The singer Tosca and the painter Cavaradossi are lovers, but Baron Scarpia also has designs on Tosca, and arrests Cavaradossi for aiding a fugitive. He then offers to spare Cavaradossi by staging a mock execution if Tosca will surrender to his advances. She agrees, but stabs Scarpia to death with a concealed knife. When she discovers that the her lover was really executed, she leaps to her death
Attila by Giuseppe Verdi( )

39 editions published between 1989 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 813 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Susannah by Carlisle Floyd( Recording )

20 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 752 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Renée Fleming stars in the title role of Carlisle Floyd's powerful opera, the story of a beautiful Tennessee girl who innocently incites the lust of her church Elders, leading to her denouncement as a sinner. Samuel Ramey is the Reverend Olin Blitch, whose concern for Susannah turns into desire, and Jerry Hadley sings Susannah's brother, Sam, who tries to take his revenge on the preacher. James Conlon conducts this broadcast performance from the opera's Met premiere run
Aida by Giuseppe Verdi( )

16 editions published between 1991 and 2011 in Italian and Undetermined and held by 684 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Retells the story of Verdi's opera in which the love of the enslaved Ethiopian princess for an Egyptian general brings tragedy to all involved
Carmen by Georges Bizet( Visual )

31 editions published between 1988 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 675 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La ópera Carmen, cuenta una historia que sucede en Sevilla. Allí hay una fábrica de cigarrillos, en la que trabaja Carmen, que es una gitana muy guapa, pero un poco revoltosa. Ella se ríe de los hombres, les hace creer que los los ama, pero no es así. Así le pasa a Don José, un sargento que tiene un novia, Micaela, pero cuando conoce a Carmen se enamora pérdidamente de la gitana. Hay un incidente en la fábrica y culpan a Carmen, que es detenida y Don José la detiene, pero la suelta por amor, para que ésta pueda huir
On the town by Leonard Bernstein( Recording )

21 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 669 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seventy years after its premiere, one of Broadway's finest musicals is brought back to life in an acclaimed production featuring a 28-piece orchestra and 30-member cast that includes Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson, and Megan Fairchild
The tales of Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach( )

26 editions published between 1992 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 651 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pierre Monteux, a master of French repertoire, conducts in this 1955 performance of Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffman. This Metropolitan Opera production features an all-star cast that includes Rise Stevens, Richard Tucker, Roberta Peters, and Lucine Amara
Mefistofele by Arrigo Boito( Visual )

51 editions published between 1989 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 628 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Opéra dirigé par Maurizio Arena Avec le ch?ur et l'orchestre de l'Opéra de San Francisco et les interprètes Samuel Ray, Gabriela Banackova, Dennis O'Neil et Judith Cristin
La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini( )

22 editions published between 1996 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 622 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This recording contains the complete opera sung in Italian. The book contains the complete text of the libretto with annotations in both English and Italian, and a critical historical commentary. The text also includes the background of the composer, biographies of the principal singers and conductor
Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti( Recording )

65 editions published between 1977 and 2010 in 7 languages and held by 612 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is Maria Callas's only broadcast from the stage of the Met. Hearing "La Divina" in an actual performance is a unique thrill, and Lucia is a huge part of the palpable Callas mystique. Donizetti's bloody tale of the Scottish lass torn from her true love and forced into an arranged marriage, only to go mad and murder her bridegroom on their wedding night, was the perfect vehicle for Callas's wizardry. Her haunting voice simply becomes Lucia's--every facet of emotion so pronounced that we cannot escape her spell
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Samuel Ramey, American bass
Alternative Names

Ramey, S. 1942-

Ramey, Sam 1942-

Ramey, Samuel Edward.

Ramey, Samuel Edward 1942-

Ramsey, Samuel

Samuel Eduardus Ramey

Samuel Ramey

Samuel Ramey americký operní pěvec

Samuel Ramey Amerikaans zanger

Samuel Ramey amerikansk skådespelare och sångare

Samuel Ramey amerikansk skodespelar og songar

Samuel Ramey amerikansk skuespiller og sanger

Samuel Ramey artiste lyrique

Samuel Ramey bajo de ópera estadounidense

Samuel Ramey basso statunitense

Samuel Ramey US-amerikanischer Opernsänger (Bass-Bariton)

Samuel Ramsey

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