Bass-baritone Colin Ramsey joins OSJ’s resident company as a principal artist in the 2016-17 season, appearing as Raimondo (Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor), Basilio (Rossini’s The Barber of Seville), Father Palmer (Kevin Put’s Silent Night), and Colline (Puccini’s La bohème). Mr. Ramsey has performed with many companies including Seattle Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Sarasota Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Des Moines Metro Opera, The Green Mountain Opera Festival, Pacific Music Works, and The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. The 2014-15 season featured his debut as a soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra with conductor Paul Agnew of Les Artes Florissants, and a return to the Pacific Northwest’s premier early music orchestra, Pacific Musicworks, for his role debut as Sarastro in Mozart’s The Magic Flute with Grammy Winner Stephen Stubbs conducting.
Other recent engagements include Menotti’s The Consul with Seattle Opera and Opera Santa Barbara, Collatinus (Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia) with Vespertine Opera, Somnus/Cadmus in Handel’s Semele with Pacific Musicworks, and a debut with 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.
Mr. Ramsey recently took 3rd Prize in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in the Rocky Mountain Region and an Encouragement Award in the Western Region in 2011. He has won prizes 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.’
Colin is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music where he sang Giorgio in the US Premiere of Paisiello’s Nina, Bartolo in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, and Sparafucile in Verdi’s Rigoletto. He also was featured as a soloist in many concert and oratorio performances including Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and Bach’s B Minor Mass.
For more information, please visit Mr. Ramsey’s website.