The High and Low Notes of Politics and Romance
It must be fun for the bass Samuel Ramey, whose specialties in the opera house are devils and villains, to imitate barnyard animals in a lighthearted work like “I Bought Me a Cat.”
He certainly seemed to enjoy performing that piece, from Copland’s “Old American Songs,” and his charming rendition had the audience chuckling during the recital he gave with the young soprano Ellie Dehn at the Morgan Library & Museum’s Gilder Lehrman Hall on Sunday. The concert was part of a series, founded in 1995 by the George London Foundation for Singers, that pairs veteran artists with emerging ones. The able pianist Warren Jones accompanied both Mr. Ramey and Ms. Dehn with sensitivity and flair.