HGO Appearances: Mephistopheles in Faust (2007), title role of Boris Godunov (2005), Phillip II in Don Carlo (2001), Zaccaria in Nabucco (2000), title role of Mefistofele (1999, 1992), Olin Blitch in Susannah (1996), title role in Attila (1995), Argante in Rinaldo (1975).
About the Artist: Samuel Ramey’s repertoire spans numerous vocal styles, from the bel canto of Bellini, Rossini, and Donizetti to the lyric and dramatic roles of Mozart and Verdi to the heroic roles of the Russian and French repertoire. He has appeared with the Metropolitan Opera; La Scala; the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Vienna State Opera; Paris Opera; Verona’s Arena; Deutsche Oper Berlin; San Francisco Opera; Lyric Opera of Chicago; and many more of the world’s leading opera companies. This season, he returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Don Basilio in The Barber of Seville, helped to inaugurate the new Kaufmann Performing Arts Center in his debut with Lyric Opera of Kansas City as Timur in Turandot, and sang Mephistopheles in Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust at the Nice Opera. This summer he will sing the role of the Pope in a new production of Attila at San Francisco Opera. He is acclaimed for his portrayals of villains, including Mephistopheles in Gounod’s Faust, Boito’s Mefistofele, Berlioz’s devil in The Damnation of Faust, Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress, and the four villains in The Tales of Hoffmann. He continues to tour his “Date with the Devil” concert, which he developed from this core repertoire in 1996 and has performed all over the world.