American Bass-Baritone, Colin Ramsey is already being recognized for his “Deep, rich bass” and “touching” performances across the US. He has performed 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 first 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 The Magic Flute with Grammy Winner Stephen Stubbs conducting.
The 2013-14 season brough him to Seattle Opera in Menotti’s The Consul, where his “sumptuous voice” (Opera News) and “touching, effective” turn as Mr. Kofner marked his mainstage debut. He later reprised the role in the same production with Opera Santa Barbara. Colin found further accolades in Seattle in performances of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia with Vespertine Opera as Collatinus and as Somnus/Cadmus in Handel’s Semele with Pacific Musicworks in a critically acclaimed production. The Seattle Times printed “Colin Ramsey’s deep, rich bass is a foundation you could build a castle on”. Colin also made his debut with the 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.
In the 2012-13 season Colin joined the Young Artists Program at Seattle Opera to sing the Barone di Kelbar in Verdi’s early comedy, Un Giorno di regno. He was seen at Opera Naples (FL) as Angelotti in Tosca, then as Colline in La bohème at Utah Lyric Opera, and as Alidoro in La Cenerentola with Townsend Opera. The season ended with his time as an Apprentice Artist at Des Moines Metro Opera where he covered Friar Lawrence in Romeo et Juliette, and sang as a Burgess in Britten’s Peter Grimes.
Colin is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music where he sang Giorgio in the US Premiere of Paisiello’s Nina, Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro, and Sparafucile in 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.
Colin's repertoire also includes the title roles in Don Giovanni, Don Basilio in Il Barbiere di Sivilglia, Seneca in L’Incoronazione di Poppea, The Speaker in The Magic Flute, Hermann in Les contes d’Hoffmann, and Antinoo and Tempo in Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria.
Colin recently took 3rd Prize in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in the Rocky Mountain Region as well as in 2011 an Encouragement Award in the Western Region. 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.’