Legendary bass-baritone to visit BGSU

BOWLING GREEN, O.—Legendary bass-baritone Samuel Ramey will visit Bowling Green State University Oct. 9-11 as the 2012-13 Helen McMaster Endowed Professor in Vocal and Choral Studies in the College of Musical Arts.

The public can spend an evening with Ramey, hosted by WGTE-FM’s Brad Cresswell, during which Ramey will share stories and take questions about his life as an opera singer. The event begins at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Donnell Theatre of the Wolfe Center for the Arts.

Ramey’s visit will also include working with students in individual sessions and giving a master class for voice students at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 in the Donnell Theatre.

For over three decades, Ramey has reigned as one of the music world’s foremost interpreters of bass and bass-baritone operatic and concert repertoire. He commands an impressive breadth of repertoire encompassing virtually every musical style from the fioratura of Argante in Handel’s “Rinaldo,” which was the vehicle of his acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut in 1984, to the dramatic proclamations of the title role in Bartok’s “Bluebeard’s Castle,” which he sang in a new production at the Metropolitan televised by PBS. Ramey’s interpretations embrace the bel canto of Bellini, Rossini, and Donizetti; the lyric and dramatic roles of Mozart and Verdi, and the heroic roles of the Russian and French repertoire.

Helen and the late Harold McMaster established the endowed professorship in spring 2000. Past guests have included Libby Larsen, Vance George, Jon Frederic West, Alice Parker, Margo Garrett, Ann Baltz and Marilyn Horne

The events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 419-372-8171.


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