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Kansas Native Samuel Ramey on Roots and Villainy

Samuel Ramey in a guest appearance on the PBS show, "Sesame Street."

The Lyric Opera of Kansas City has announced its inaugural season in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Highlights include the Lyric debut of John Adams' "Nixon in China" and a new production of Puccini's "Turandot" with bass Samuel Ramey as Timor.

By Laura Spencer


Kansas City, Mo. – A native of Kansas, Samuel Ramey is considered the most recorded bass in history, with more than 80 recordings and three Grammy awards, as well as a guest appearance on Sesame Street.

Over his more than 30 year career, Ramey has performed on stages around the world, but this marks his first at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. KCUR's Laura Spencer talked to Ramey about specializing in villains and devils, and his Kansas roots.

Lyric Opera of Kansas City's 2011-2012 Season
at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts opens with
a new production of "Turandot"
By Giacomo Puccini
Sung in Italian with English subtitles
October 1 - 9, 2011

For a more detailed look at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, its mission, and the organizations that will present there, check out KCUR's blog Sound and Glass.

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