- Associated Press - Sunday, January 19, 2014

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Two graduates of Wichita State University who are now among the world’s most renowned opera singers are joining the school’s music faculty.

The Wichita Eagle reports (https://bit.ly/1aduM0V ) that Samuel Ramey and Alan Held will teach voice and opera beginning this fall.

Both are bass-baritones and have sung some of opera’s most famous roles at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Italy’s La Scala, the Vienna State Opera and other major venues.

Ramey is a 71-year-old native of Colby, Kan. He has made more than 80 recordings and is reputed to be the most recorded bass in history.

Held, who is in his 50s, is an Illinois native. He received his master’s degree and met his wife at Wichita State in 1985.


Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, https://www.kansas.com

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