Colin Ramsey




Chinese-American Bass, Colin Ramsey, has become known for his “majestic, rotund, ravishing bass” (Opera Today). He is commonly in demand at companies around the United States, performing with companies including The Santa Fe Opera, Seattle Opera, San Diego Opera, Austin Opera, Festival Lyrique en Mer, Wolf Trap Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Sarasota Opera, Pensacola Opera, Opera San Jose and Opera Idaho. Colin is an especially frequent guest at Opera Santa Barbara. 

His repertoire is greatly varied, though he is especially known for his portrayals of Colline in La Bohème, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Don Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor. He has also performed as Capulet in Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet, Cadmus/Somnus in Handel’s Semele, Fafner in Das Rheingold (Dove Orchestration), Guglielmo in Così Fan Tutte, Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, Alidoro in La Cenerentola, Reverend Hale in Robert Ward’s The Crucible, the Bonze in Madama Butterfly and Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte.

Mr. Ramsey is also a passionate concert singer. He has collaborated with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Laguna Beach Chorale, Norwalk Symphony and La Jolla Symphony. Performing as soloist in Verdi’s Requiem, Dvorâk’s Stabat Mater, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Handel’s Messiah, Faurè’s Requiem, and Brahms Requiem.

Mr. Ramsey has completed residencies with Santa Fe Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, and others. 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.