(Frank) And we’re back again. And in color, but we’re still at the Dillon House. Now again, about the Dillon House. It’s right across from the State Capitol in Topeka. And really it is available for all kinds of events and meetings and all of that. (Deb) Weddings. (Frank) Right. It’s a beautiful, beautiful place and we’re at various places in here to do our introductions and all of that. And I would imagine, now it kind of echoes in here right now. And I would imagine if an opera singer came in here, it would be rather fantastic, don’t you think? (Deb) I think it would, especially if you had somebody of the quality of Sam Ramey with that incredible bass voice that would just bounce of the walls and send shivers up your spine, wouldn’t it? (Frank) Yes, it would. He is another performer from the state of Kansas and happens to be an opera singer and one of the most world renowned. So, let’s take a look. How would you imagine the voice of the devil? Deep, commanding, chilling, forceful. Maybe something like Sam Ramey? If, in fact, the devil sounds like Sam Ramey it would explain how the devil lures and charms people into his clutches. (Music) For almost three decades, Samuel Ramey has reigned as one of the music world’s foremost interpreters of bass and bass-baritone operatic and concert repertoire. A reviewer commented, His grand bass was disarming. Its even, deep tone would represent everything sinister and evil if Ramey’s singing wasn’t so gorgeously musical. Although his first two arias were sung by a devil character, how can such artistic beauty be hated?
Heralded as one of the most extraordinary singers of the past thirty years, Ramey continues to perform at the world’s most important opera houses and concert stages, New York, San Francisco, Paris, Zurich, Munich, Vienna. He has performed with the most acclaimed symphonies and the most respected conductors. Ramey was born in Colby in 1942. He graduated from Colby High School and studied music at K-State and at Wichita State. He is a distinguished professor of opera at Wichita State. He holds the record for being the most-recorded bass in history, with more than 80 recordings, which have won nearly every award possible including three Grammys. Ramey is seen frequently on television in appearances with Live from the Met and Live from Lincoln Center as well as other productions taped for PBS. Perhaps the greatest compliment came from a reviewer who said, If dark chocolate had a sound, it would be Ramey’s voice. Dark chocolate or the devil himself, what we Kansans know is that Ramey sings with the fullness of the western wind. (Music)