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Ramey, Samuel

Works: 1,101 works in 2,549 publications in 7 languages and 28,058 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Music  Film adaptations  Television adaptations  Musical settings  Parodies, imitations, etc  History  Operas  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews 
Roles: Performer, Vocalist, Singer, Commentator, Other, Artist, Honoree
Classifications: M1500, 782.1
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Most widely held works by Samuel Ramey
Le nozze di Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ( Recording )
32 editions published between 1982 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 870 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Preparing for their wedding, the valet Figaro learns from the maid Susanna that their philandering employer, Count Almaviva, has designs on her. In her boudoir, the Countess laments her husband's waning love but plots to chasten him, encouraged by Figaro and Susanna. Susanna leads the Count on with promises of a rendezvous in the garden. Alone later that day, Susanna rhapsodizes on her love for Figaro, but he, overhearing, thinks she means the Count. Almaviva chases Cherubino away and sends his wife, who he thinks is Susanna, to an arbor, to which he follows. By now Figaro understands the joke and, joining the fun, makes exaggerated love to Susanna in her Countess disguise. The Count returns, seeing, or so he thinks, Figaro with his wife. Outraged, he calls everyone to witness his judgment, but now the real Countess appears and reveals the ruse. Grasping the truth at last, the Count begs her pardon
Susannah by Carlisle Floyd ( Recording )
14 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 633 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The rake's progress by Igor Stravinsky ( Recording )
30 editions published between 1984 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 541 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Synopsis ACT I: Anne Trulove is in the garden of her father's country house with her suitor, Tom Rakewell, admiring the springtime. Sending Anne into the house, her father, Trulove, tells Tom he has arranged an accountant's job for him in the city. Tom declines the offer and the older man leaves. A stranger enters as Tom declares his determination to live by his wits and enjoy life. When he says "I wish I had money," the stranger introduces himself as Nick Shadow, "at your service." Shadow tells Tom that a forgotten rich uncle has died, leaving the young man a fortune. Anne and Trulove return to hear the news, the latter urging Tom to accompany Shadow to London to settle the estate. As Tom leaves, promising to send for Anne as soon as everything is arranged, Shadow turns to the audience to announce, "the Progress of a Rake begins." At a brothel in the city, whores entertain a group of "roaring boys," dissolute young playboys; together they toast Venus and Mars. Shadow coaxes Tom to recite for the madam, Mother Goose, the catechism he has taught him: to follow nature rather than doctrine, to seek beauty (which is perishable) and pleasure (which means different things to different people). Tom refuses, however, to define love. Turning back the clocks when he sees Tom restless to escape, Shadow commends him to the pursuit of hedonism with these companions. Tom responds with ruminations of love. When the whores offer to console him, Mother Goose claims him for herself and leads him off. As evening falls, Anne leaves her father's house, determined to find Tom, since she has heard nothing from him. ACT II: Tom, who is in the morning room of his house in the city, is beginning to tire of city pleasures and no longer dares to think of Anne. When he says "I wish I were happy," Shadow appears, showing a poster for Baba the Turk, a bearded lady whom he urges Tom to marry, because only when one is obligated to neither passion nor reason can one be truly free. Amused by the idea, Tom gets ready to go out. Anne approaches Tom's house but is hesitant to knock. As darkness falls, she sees servants enter with strangely shaped packages. A conveyance arrives and Tom steps out. Startled to see Anne, he says she must forget him, he cannot go back to her. Baba calls out from the sedan, whereupon Tom admits to the astonished Anne that he is married. Hurried along by Baba's impatient remarks, Anne faces the bitter realities, while Tom repeats that it is too late to turn back. As Tom helps Baba from the sedan, a curious crowd gathers. Anne hurriedly leaves. In his morning room, Tom sits sulking amid Baba's curios as she chatters about the origin of each. When he refuses to respond to her affection, she complains bitterly. Tom silences her and she remains motionless as Tom falls asleep. Shadow wheels in a strange contraption, and when Tom awakens, saying "Oh I wish it were true," the machine turns out to be his dream: an invention for making stones into bread. Seeing it as a means of redemption for his misdeeds, Tom wonders whether he might again deserve Anne. Shadow points out the device's usefulness in gulling potential investors. ACT III: On a spring afternoon, the same scene (including the stationary Baba) is set for an auction. Customers examine the various objects: Tom's business venture has ended in ruin. Amid rumors as to what has become of Tom, Anne enters in search of him. An auctioneer, Sellem, begins to hawk various objects -- including Baba, who resumes her chatter after the crowd bids to purchase her. Indignant at finding her belongings up for sale, she tries to order everyone out. She draws Anne aside, saying the girl should try to save Tom, who still loves her. Anne, hearing Tom and Shadow singing in the street, runs out. Shadow leads Tom to a graveyard with a freshly dug grave, where he reminds the young man that a year and a day have passed since he promised to serve him: now the servant claims his wage. Tom must end his life by any means he chooses before the stroke of twelve. Suddenly, Shadow offers a reprieve: they will gamble for Tom's soul. When Tom, placing his trust in the Queen of Hearts, calls upon Anne, and her voice is heard, Shadow realizes he has lost. In retaliation, he condemns Tom to insanity. As Shadow disappears and dawn rises, Tom -- gone mad -- imagines himself Adonis, waiting for Venus. In an insane asylum, Tom declares Venus will visit him, whereupon fellow inmates mock the idea. The Keeper admits Anne. Believing her to be Venus, Tom confesses his sins: "I hunted the shadows, disdaining thy true love." Briefly they imagine timeless love in Elysium. With his head upon her breast, Tom asks her to sing him to sleep. As she does, her voice moves the other inmates. Trulove comes to fetch his daughter, who bids the sleeping Tom farewell. When he wakens to find her gone, he cries out for Venus as the inmates sing "Mourn for Adonis." EPILOGUE: The principals gather to tell the moral that each finds in the story. Anne warns that not every man can hope for someone like her to save him; Baba warns that all men are mad; Tom warns against self-delusion, to Trulove's agreement; Shadow mourns his role as man's alter ego; and all concur that the devil finds work for idle hands
Carmen by Georges Bizet ( Visual )
20 editions published between 1988 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 525 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Stage production of the opera in which Carmen seduces, spurns, and is killed by Don José
Mefistofele by Arrigo Boito ( Visual )
32 editions published between 1988 and 2006 in 6 languages and held by 512 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Presents the San Francisco Opera's production of Arrigo Boito's Mefistofele
Il viaggio a Reims by Gioacchino Rossini ( Recording )
20 editions published between 1985 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 477 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Il Viaggio a Reims: Dramma giocoso in un'atto. Libretto: Luigi Balocchi
L'Italiana in Algeri by Gioacchino Rossini ( Recording )
30 editions published between 1980 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 472 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Semele by George Frideric Handel ( Recording )
8 editions published between 1985 and 1993 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 464 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Semele: Weltliches Oratorium in drei Akten für Soli, Chor, Orchester und Continuo, HWV 58. Text: William Congreve
Carousel by Richard Rodgers ( Recording )
11 editions published between 1977 and 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 415 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Alfred Drake, Roberta Peters
The rake's progress by Igor Stravinsky ( Visual )
23 editions published between 1975 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 396 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Glyndebourne Festival's production of Stravinsky's Opera The Rake's Progress
On the town by Leonard Bernstein ( Recording )
13 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
On the Town: Musical Comedy in Two Acts. Book: Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Samson et Dalila by Camille Saint-Saëns ( Recording )
11 editions published between 1992 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This Biblical tale of the overwhelming love between a Jewish leader (Samson) and a Philistine beauty (Dalila) that turns sour and destroys them both has inspired numerous composers. But it's easy to see why Saint-Saëns's opera has remained a favorite--not only with audiences but also with great singing actors. Seldom has Dalila been so sultry and seductive, or Samson's fall from strong man to blind prisoner been so wrenching. With enticing Risë Stevens and heroic Mario Del Monaco in the titles roles, and Martial Singher as the High Priest, this stunning performance is a true gem
Messiah by George Frideric Handel ( Recording )
9 editions published between 1987 and 2009 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 389 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Messiah Elizabeth Harwood, Janet Baker Paul Esswood Robert Tear Raimund Herincx English Chamber Orchestra Mackerras, Charles, conductor
Norma by Vincenzo Bellini ( Recording )
25 editions published between 1987 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 388 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
Die Zauberflöte K. 620 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ( Recording )
5 editions published in 1990 in German and held by 377 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Tosca by Giacomo Puccini ( Recording )
30 editions published between 1976 and 2007 in 5 languages and held by 368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Book (125 p. :
Messiah by George Frideric Handel ( )
17 editions published between 1987 and 2011 in English and held by 364 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An oratorio in 3 parts
Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti ( Recording )
39 editions published between 1977 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Maria Callas, soprano ; Chor und Orchester der rai Roma ; Tullio Serafin, con
Don Giovanni KV 527 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ( Recording )
5 editions published in 1986 in Italian and No Linguistic content and held by 357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Semiramide by Gioacchino Rossini ( Recording )
23 editions published between 1980 and 2003 in 4 languages and held by 344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Semiramide: Melodramma tragico in due atti. Libretto: Gaetano Rossi
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Ramey, Sam, 1942-
Ramey, Samuel Edward.
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