Melba Ramos
                                                                 Soprano
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Personal Dates

Nationalität: Amerikanisch (U.S.A.)

Education

Interamerican University of Puerto Rico (1982-1984)
Conservatorio Pablo Casals, San Juan (Puerto Rico, 1984-1988)

Workshops

Giuseppe di Stefano, Anna Moffo, Renata Scotto, John Donermann, Janet Bookspan

Prizes

Erste Preise bei “District Metropolitan Opera Audition” 1987/88/89

Engagements

Oper der Stadt Köln 1989-1992
Städtische Bühnen Wuppertal 1992-1996
Freischaffende Künstlerin 1996-2001
Städtische Bühnen Wuppertal 2001-2003
Volksoper Wien 2003-2006

Directors

Vladimir Jurowski, Mark PiolletChristoph SperingJames ConlonSimone YoungGustav Kuhn-BonnNikolaus HarnoncourtMarkus BoschLaurence GilgoreJan Michael HorstmannStefan Klieme Eugene KohnJosé PonsAsher FischPeter GülkeSebastian WeigleArthur FagenRainer MühlbachMatthias KuntzschMartin HaselböckToshiyuki Kamioka

Stage Directors

Jürgen Rose, Pina Bausch, John Dew, Georges Delnon, Holk Freytag, Bernd Gottschalk, Christine Mielitz, Friedrich Meyer-Oertel, Johannes Weigant, Franco Gratale, Werner Schroeter, Jaime Martorell, Bodo Igesz, Geoffrey Layton, Joan Font, Robert Herzl, Karel Drgac, Gina Lapinski, Johannes Koegel-Dorfs, Dmitry Bertman, Sabine Hartmannshenn, Niels-Peter Rudolph, Achim Freyer, Jehan Francois Boucher, Helmut Lohner, Hans Gratzer, Andreas Homoki, Michael Temme, Michael Hampl, Elke Lang, Harry Kupfer, Karin Mauksch, Linda Brovsky, Hermann Schmidt-Rahmer

Gastspiele

Deutsche Staatsoper, BerlinKomische Oper, BerlinStaatstheater, Bielefeld Oper der Stadt BonnTheater der Freien Hansestadt, Bremen Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf Freiburger Kammerorchester Reiseopera Enschede, Holland Oper der Stadt Köln Nationaltheater, Mannheim Städtische Bühnen, Osnabrück Volksoper, Wien (Österreich) Wiener Kammeroper, Wien (Österreich) Opern Air Festival, Gars am Kamp (Österreich) Palais de Garnière, Paris (Frankreich) Opera Carlo Felice, Genova (Italien)Teatro Bellini, Catania (Italien) Opera Lèsna, Sopot (Polen)Teatro Principal, Valencia (Spanien) Catedral de Alcalá de Henares (Spanien) Het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam (Holland) Händelfestspiele in HalleTeatro Liceo in Salamanca (Spanien) WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln Landestheater
Salzburg Mozartwoche 2003 in Salzburg Iglesia Concatedral de Cacéres (Spanien) Catedral de Badajoz (Spanien) Gran Teatro del Liceu, Barcelona (Spanien) Catedral de ciudad Real (Spanien) Catedral de Cuenca (Spanien) Palau de la Mùsica, Valencia (Spanien) Teatro Gayarre, Pamplona (Spanien) Teatro Arriaga de Bilbao (Spanien) Auditorio Nacional de Música de Madrid (Spanien) Teatro Victoria Eugenia, San Sebastián (Spanien) Auditorio Palacio de Congresos Zaragoza (Spanien) Teatro de la Opera, San Juan (Puerto Rico) Opera de Puerto Rico Westchester Hudson Opera Company, New York (U.S.A.) Konzerthaus Dortmund (Deutschland) Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden (Deutschland) Stadthalle Metzingen, Herbstliche Musiktage Bad Urach (Deutschland) Stadthalle Wuppertal Wiener Musikverein Konzerthaus Sao Paolo (Brasilien) Mozart Festspiele in Würzburg
 
Biography

Soprano Melba Ramos was born in Puerto Rico. She received her vocal education at the Pablo Casals Conservatory of Music in San Juan de Puerto Rico.

In 1987 she was awarded the first prize of the District metropolitan Opera Auditions and that same year made her official stage debut as Despina in Mozart's COSI FAN TUTTE. She won again the first prize in the 1988 and 1990 District Metropolitan Opera Auditions.

From 1989 to 1992 she was a member of the Opera Studio of the Opera of Cologne and worked there with renowned conductors and stage directors such as James Colon, Michael Hampe and Jurgen Rose.

Her first engagement brought Melba Ramos to the Opera of Wuppertal, where she excelled in roles such as Titania in Brithen's A MIDSUMMERNIGHT'S DREAM, as Gilda in Verdi's RIGOLETTO, as Lucia in Donizetti\'s LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR and as Pamina in Mozart's THE MAGIC FLUTE.This latter role also marked her debut with the Komische Oper Berlin and brought her to Spain, singing in Gran Teatro Liceu Barcelona, Teatro Principal en Valencia and Teatro de Santiago de Compostella.

At the Komische Oper in Berlin she gested as Pamina in THE MAGIC FLUTE and as Liù in TURANDOT. With the State Opera Berlin and with Westchester Hudson Opera Company/NY she appeared as Gilda.

Another imortant debut was the role of the Queen of the Night in Mozart's THE MAGIC FLUTE with the Volksoper of Vienna and with the Bonn Opera both in the season of 1996\97. In sprig 2001 she made her highlz acclaimed debut as Genio in the pemiere of Haydn's L'ANIMA DEL FILOSOFO with the Scwetzingen Fstival, staged by Achim Freyer and conducted by Thomas Hengelbrock. In autumn, the same year, she covered Cecilia Bartoli n the Royal Opera House of Covent Garden Prodution of this iece conducted by Hogwood.

Melba Ramos

Ms. Ramos repertoire furthermore includes roles such as Donna Anna/DON GIOVANNI, Konstanze/DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL, Olympia/LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN, Norina/DON PASQUALE, Liù/TURANDOT and of course Violetta/LA TRAVIATA, a role she sang critically acclaimed with the Opera Company of Mannheim, Festival Gars am Kamp, Bremer Theater, am Osnabrücker Stadttheater, Bühnen der Stadt Bielefeld and in Kassel.

Her equally impressive concert appearances include the Cologne Philarmonic, Oper Lesna Sopot,(Polen), Sala Palau de la Música,Valencia and Auditorio Nacional de Música de Madrid (Spain), interpreting oratorio, lieder and opera repertoire.

In January 2002 she gave her debut as Donna Eleonora/PRIMA LA MUSICA; POI LE PAROLE in a concert performance conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt during the Salzburg Winter Festspiel.

In the same season Ramos also sang the tittle rele from Graun’s CLEOPATRA E CESARE and Donna Anna/DON GIOVANNI having a big success.

The same year she made her debut with the Salzburg Pentecostal Festival singing the role of Tigrane/RADAMISTO, furtheron she sang the role of Faustina in the world premiere of Joachim Raff’s opera BENEDETTO MARCELLO during the Bad Urach’s Festival.

Season 2002/2003 marked her role debut as Fiordiligi/COSÍ FAN TUTTE, a role she interpreted in Wuppertal, and in Salzburg in the Mozart-Woche, staged by Christine Miellitz.
At the present time she sings at the Volksoper Wien the roles of Contessa/LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, Violetta/ LA TRAVIATA, Micaela/CARMEN, Vittelia/LA CLEMENZA DI TITO and Pamina/ZAUEBRFLÖTE.

Latterly Ms. Ramos added new roles to her pepertire such as Elvira's in Holzbauer's IL FIGLIO DELLE SELVE at the Opéra Comédie in Montpellier, Wanda in Maw's SOPHIES CHOICE at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Volksoper Wien and all the heroines in LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN at the Wuppertaler Bühnen and many concerts in different european cities.