Since making his operatic debut as Sparafucile in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Colin’s “majestic, orotund, ravishing bass” (Opera Today) has been heard in repertoire spanning continents and centuries. His engagements for the 2017-18 season include returns to Opera San Jose as Guglielmo in Cosí fan Tutte, then in the spring as Dr. Grenvil in Verdi’s La Traviata, to Opera Santa Barbara for another role debut as Le Comte des Griuex in Massenet’s Manon, the Sprecher in The Magic Flute with the Pacific Symphony, then to the Norwalk Symphony for Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, and then to Santa Fe Opera for the summer as an apprentice making his company debut in Madama Butterfly.
His most recent performances include Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Colline in La Bohème, Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Father Palmer in Silent Night, the Verdi Requiem, and Dvorak’s Stabat Mater.
Colin has performed with many distinguished companies in the United States including the Seattle Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Austin Opera, Sarasota Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and The Los Angeles Philharmonic. His repertoire also includes Alidoro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Collatinus in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, Seneca in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Mr. Kofner in Menotti’s The Consul, Il Frate in Verdi’s Don Carlo, Angelotti in Tosca, the Sprecher in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Giorgio in the US Premiere of Paisiello’s rarely performed Nina, and as a “sonorous” (Classical King Seattle) Cadmus and Somnus in Handel’s Semele.
A passion for concert repertoire has earned the young bass accolades across many genres. The St. Paul Pioneer Press said of of Colin’s Messiah performance: “At the other end of the sonic spectrum was bass Colin Ramsey, who had tremendous power and clarity in his lowest notes, making “Why do the nations so furiously rage” into the kind of attention-grabbing interlude that Handel likely intended”. His concert repertoire also includes Jesus in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, and the Bass solos in Handel’s Messiah, the Faurè Requiem, Beethoven Choral Fantasy and the Brahms Requiem.
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.
Colin has been trained at numerous young artist programs including those of Des Moines Metro Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Santa Barbara and the Crested Butte Music Festival performing and understudying a number of roles and working with leading professionals in the classical field.
He is an Alumni of The Manhattan School of Music where he attended as a Presidential Scholar and Theodore Presser Foundation scholar. Upon graduating, he was honored by the Hugh Ross Award, given annually to a “singer of unusual promise.”
Born New York City, Colin currently makes his residence in San Diego, CA.