"Attila, King of the Huns, was perhaps Samuel Ramey's finest role. Here, in 1991, he is seen at his peak, with the incomparable Riccardo Muti (the bass's favorite maestro) wielding the baton. Jérôme Savary's production for the Teatro alla Scala is fine. Cheryl Studer is fine, but one longs for the thrilling Odabella of Marisa Galvany!"
"Ramey was also fantastic in the works of Handel ('Rinaldo' was the opera of his Metropolitan Opera debut), and here (1985, for Decca) he is heard opposite Dame Joan Sutherland, Alicia Nafé, and Huguette Tourangeau."
"Few operas have undergone more destruction in the name of 'tradition' as has 'Lucia di Lammermoor.' Jésus López-Cobos here went to the autograph for a beautiful recording (1976), minus most of the disfiguring accretions, with Montserrat Caballé, José Carreras, and Ramey, as well as Vicente Sardinero."
"Renata Scotto was a very grand Anna Bolena, with the great singing-actress Susanne Marsee as an incomparable Giovanna Seymour. The young Ramey is heard (in his only performances opposite the soprano) as the evil Enrico VIII in this 'live' performance of 1975."
"Sarah Caldwell conducts and directs this 1976 production, and she does both in engaging fashion. The irrepressable Beverly Sills is joined by Alan Titus, Henry Price, Donald Gramm, and Ramey, and a great time was had by all! This was the telecast that introduced Mr Ramey to an enormous public, via PBS."
"Don Basilio was certainly one of Ramey's most acclaimed roles, throughout his long career. This is his preferable studio-recording, of 1992, with Håkan Hagegård and Jennifer Larmore, led by the excellent López-Cobos."
"This opera was an important exhumation, in Luca Ronconi's production, with an amazing cast which included Katia Ricciarelli, Lucia Valentini Terrani, Francisco Araiza, Ruggero Raimondi, and Ramey, conducted by Claudio Abbado (1984)."
"This 'Rigoletto' was Sills' final operatic recording, in 1978. While the voice was not what it had been, her Gilda is extraordinary in its pathos. Sherrill Milnes, Alfredo Kraus, and Ramey are terrifically exciting, and this set is one of Julius Rudel's best recordings."
"Here is Miss Sills in 1977, opposite Henry Price, Richard Fredricks, and Ramey, in one of her most famous roles. In this Tito Capobianco production, she and Dr Price are extraordinary as the ill-fated lovers, as is Ramey as the Comte des Grieux."
"This is an important and beautiful recording (from 1991) of a Massenet rarity, with Frederica von Stade, June Anderson (in the role created by the great Lina Cavalieri), Ramey, and Dawn Upshaw, for RCA."
"This moving EMI recording (1995) of 'La bohème' is certainly one of the finest in the opera's considerable discography, and stars Roberto Alagna, Leontina Vaduva, as well as Ramey, conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano."
"The Met's charming production of 'La rondine,' directed by Nicolas Joël (a protégé of Jean-Pierre Ponnelle), features Angela Gheorghiu, M.Alagna, the delightful Lisette Oropesa, and Ramey, who gives a touching account of Rambaldo (2009)."