Ruby Hughes

Ruby Hughes was born in London in 1980. She studied cello and voice at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama before she came to Munich on receipt of a DAAD scholarship to continuo studying voice in the master class of Edith Wiens at the Hochschule für Musik and Theater. She now holds a scholarship at Royal College London studying with Lillian Watson and has also taken part in masterclasses with Emma Kirkby, Ann Murray, Brigitte Fassbaender and Malcolm Martinu. Ruby Hughes has been a prize winner in The Gerald Moore competition (London 2002) and in the Mozart Summer Academy (Salzburg 2005) leading to a performance at The Salzburg Festival in the same year.

In 2000, as a member of John Eliot Gardiner’s Monteverdi Choir, Ruby toured throughout Europe on their Bach Cantata Pilgrimage, and now as a soloist, her operatic repertoire includes Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Dido (Dido and Aeneas), Marzelline (Fidelio) and Marguerite in Gounod’s Faust. In concert she has sung Mahler’s 4th Symphony, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Haydn’s Creation, Mendelssohn’s Eljiah and Mozart’s C minor mass, Requiem and soprano Concert Arias.

Ruby has also given recitals with the pianist Paul Kildea at the Aldeburgh Festival or with Graham Johnson in The Young Songmakers Almanac at Wigmore Hall and St John Smith Square.

Recent work includes concerts with the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, Rameau’s Pygmalion (Le Statue) for Christian Curnyn at the Cheltenham Festival, a programme of Messiaen and Thomas Ades in the Purcell Room London and two productions at the Bavarian State Schauspiel in Munich: the female lead in Philip Glass’s The Fall of the House of Usher and Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans. She also performed Bach’s Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen with the Lautten Compagney Berlin.

In 2007 she sung Cleofide (Poro) at the Royal College as part of the London Handel Festival under Laurence Cummings and Euridice in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo at the Festival Aix-en-Provence under René Jacobs.

Future engagements include Purcell’s King Arthur with the Lautten Compagney Berlin in Germany and England and Chandos Anthems with Marc Minkowski.


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