Bass-Baritone Colin Ramsey has been lauded for his “majestic, rotund, ravishing bass” (Opera Today). Mr. Ramsey’s unique “smoky” timbre has been well lent to roles such as Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Figaro in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Guglielmo in Così fan Tutte, Don Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Father Palmer in Silent Night, Alidoro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Collatinus in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, Seneca in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Mr. Kofner in Menotti’s The Consul, Il Frate in Verdi’s Don Carlo, Angelotti in Tosca, and Cadmus and Somnus in Handel’s Semele.
The 2018-19 season was an exciting one including a return to the Los Angeles Philharmonic for performances of John Cage’s Europeras directed by Yuval Sharon. He reprised Colline for a concert version of La bohème in Los Angeles to benefit the Opera Buffs in September and made his San Diego Opera debut as Marullo in Rigoletto. In the spring of 2019, Mr. Ramsey will return to Opera Santa Barbara for an exciting and timely production of Robert Ward’s The Crucible singing the role of Reverend Hale and in the summer of 2019, Mr, Ramsey will make his European debut with the Festival Lyrique en Mer reprising the role of Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor and debuting as the bass soloist in Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle, During the 2019-2020 Season, Mr. Ramsey takes on the Bonze in Madama Butterfly, debuts the role of Leporello in Don Giovanni at Pensacola Opera, reprises Colline in La bohème at Gulfshore Opera and makes another role debut as Friar Lawrence at Opera Santa Barbara. In the spring of 2021, Mr. Ramsey will return to San Diego Opera.
His recent performances have seen him in role and company debuts singing Le Comte des Grieux in Manon, The Speaker in Die Zauberflöte, and multiple runs of performances as Colline in La Bohème which has become a signature role. During his recent summer as an apprentice at the Santa Fe Opera he made his debut singing the Registrar in Madama Butterfly and covered Edward Teller in John Adam’s Dr. Atomic in a landmark production directed by Peter Sellars. For summer 2019, Mr. Ramsey will return to Santa Fe Opera covering Don Alfonso in Così fan Tutte and Benoit / Alicindoro in La Bohème .
Mr. Ramsey has a great passion for oratorio and concert repertoire. He has been a soloist at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and La Jolla Symphony. Mr. Ramsey has performed as the bass soloist in Verdi’s Requiem, Dvorâk’s Stabat Mater, Jesus in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Handel’s Messiah, Faurè’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and the Brahms Requiem.
Mr. Ramsey has found success in singing competitions as well. He is a winner of the Pasadena Opera Guild Competition, 3rd Prize winner in the Rocky Mountain Region of The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and an Encouragement Award winner in the George London Foundation Competition.
Several Apprentice programs have been pivotal in Colin’s growth and training as a singer including those of The Santa Fe Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Santa Barbara and the Crested Butte Music Festival. He is an alumnus of The Manhattan School of Music where he attended as a Presidential, and Presser Foundation Scholar. Upon graduating, he was honored with the Hugh Ross Award, given annually to a “singer of unusual promise.”
Born in New York City, Mr. Ramsey currently makes his home in San Diego, CA