Principal Pianist & Music Administrator
Michael Segura began studying voice through musical theater and barbershop before becoming a classical musician. Michael has shared his artistry throughout Orange County by performing roles such as Papageno (The Magic Flute), Mercutio (Roméo et Juliette), and Dancaïro (Carmen) under the music direction of Doris Lang Kosloff, as well as the Winter Fairy (The Fairy Queen), with Lyric Opera of Orange County. He has also done scene-work with Pacific Symphony as Dandini (La Cenerentola) and Belcore (Elixir of Love). In the greater whole of Southern California, Michael further expands his horizons singing with San Diego Opera as a chorister and Pacific Chorale as a staff singer. Michael has recently made his debut with Opera San Luis Obispo in their production of Die Fledermaus as Dr. Falke, as well as his debut with Opera Santa Barbara as Moralès in Carmen. Additionally, he has recently won the San Diego District round of the Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition.
While working towards his Bachelor's Degree in Vocal Performance at California State University Fullerton, he participated in the annual Music Associates Concerto/Aria Competition twice, taking first place both times. It was also during this time that Michael performed the eponymous roles of Don Giovanni and Gianni Schicchi, along with a long list of scene works; these included roles such as Belcore from L’elisir d’amore, the Count from Le nozze di Figaro, and Figaro from il barbiere di Siviglia.
Michael portrayed the role of Marco from Gianni Schicchi in 2019 while participating in the LA-based Angel's Vocal Art Opera Intensive program. In the summer of 2022, Michael expanded his studies to Vicenza, Italy, once again taking on the titular role in Gianni Schicchi with International Lyric Academy.
Chinese American Bass-Baritone Colin Ramsey has been lauded for his “majestic, rotund, ravishing bass” (Opera Today). During the 20-21 season, Mr. Ramsey joined San Diego Opera as Colline in La bohème, as well as returning to Pacific Opera Project as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, and the Festival Lyrique en Mar as Leporello in Don Giovanni (COVID19). Other recent engagements include returns to Opera Santa Barbara as Frère Laurent in Romèo et Juliette and the Bonze in Madama Butterfly, joining the Festival Lyrique en Mar as Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor and the bass soloist in Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle, and multiple productions of La bohème as Colline including Opera Idaho, Gulfshore Opera, and Opera Buffs Inc in Los Angeles. In the 2022 – 2023 season, Mr. Ramsey will return to San Diego Opera, singing The Speaker and 2nd Armored Man in Die Zauberflöte and Betto in Gianni Schicchi.
His 2018-19 season was an exciting one including a return to the Los Angeles Philharmonic for performances of John Cage’s Europeras directed by Yuval Sharon. Mr. Ramsey also made his San Diego Opera debut as Marullo in Rigoletto and in the spring of 2019, Mr. Ramsey returned to Opera Santa Barbara for an exciting and timely production of Robert Ward’s The Crucible singing the role of Reverend Hale.
Other recent performances have seen him in role and company debuts singing Le Comte des Grieux in Manon, The Speaker in Die Zauberflöte, and his Santa Fe Opera debut singing the Registrar in Madama Butterfly and covering Edward Teller in John Adam’s Dr. Atomic in a landmark production directed by Peter Sellars. Mr. Ramsey’s unique “smoky” timbre has been well lent to additional roles such as Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Figaro in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Guglielmo in Così fan Tutte, Don Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Father Palmer in Silent Night, 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, and Cadmus and Somnus in Handel’s Semele.
Mr. Ramsey has a great passion for oratorio and concert repertoire. He has been a soloist at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and La Jolla Symphony. Mr. Ramsey has performed as the bass soloist in Verdi’s Requiem, Dvorâk’s Stabat Mater, Jesus in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Handel’s Messiah, Faurè’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and the Brahms Requiem.
Mr. Ramsey has found success in the competition circuit as 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.
Several Apprentice programs have been pivotal in Mr. Ramsey’s growth and training as a singer including those of The Santa Fe Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Santa Barbara and the Crested Butte Music Festival. He is an alumnus of The Manhattan School of Music where he attended as a Presidential, and Presser Foundation Scholar. Upon graduating, he was honored with the Hugh Ross Award, given annually to a “singer of unusual promise.”
Mr. Ramsey holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the Manhattan School of Music.