“…with the fine soprano Ruby Hughes capturing the devout Polish timbre of the texts and singing from the heart in the three songs of sorrow that make up the Symphony, this was a rapt occasion.”

Gorecki: Symphony of Sorrowful Songs / BBC Proms / The Guardian

Holder of a 2014 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, Winner of both First Prize and the Audience Prize at the 2009 London Handel Singing Competition and a BBC New Generation Artist for 2011/2013, Ruby Hughes is the daughter of the celebrated Welsh ceramicist Elizabeth Fritsch. She gained a First Class Distinction Concert Diploma in Concert and Song at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Munich, and was awarded a Royal Philharmonic Society Susan Chilcott Award. A former Samling Scholar, she gained a full scholarship to study with Lillian Watson at the Royal College of Music, London, graduating in July 2009.

Selected by OPERA NOW as amongst “Who’s Hot in Opera”, she made her debut at the Theater an der Wien in October 2009 as Roggiero Tancredi conducted by René Jacobs, returning as Fortuna L’Incoronazione di Poppea. She has sung the title role in Atalanta and Cleofide Poro at the London Handel Festival, Michal Saul at the Buxton Festival Euridice L’Orfeo at the Aix-en-Provence Festival with René Jacobs, Minerva The Return of Ulysses for English National Opera, She King Arthur for Der Lautten Compagney, Berlin, The Statute Pygmalion for the Early Opera Company, Argene L’Olimpiade for Garsington Opera and Rose Maurrant Street Scene for The Opera Group. Further engagements have included Silvia L’isola disabitata (Bonno) with Pablo Heras-Casado at the Festival Internacional de Música Antigua, Madrid, the title role in Erismena for New Chamber Opera, Lucinda Don Chischiotte in Sierra Morena for Musikwerkstatt Wien, Handel’s Tragic Heroines for Classical Opera, Sandrina L’infedelta delusa for Potsdamer Winteroper, Narcissa Philemon und Baucis at the Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci, The Indian Queen at the Schwetzinger Festival, Ella In the Locked Room for Music Theatre Wales and Scottish Opera and Rose Maurrant Street Scene at the Opéra de Toulon. She also appeared in Sir Jonathan Miller’s production of the St Matthew Passion at the National Theatre.

In concert, she has sung under conductors including Jan Tomasz Adamus, Celso Antunes, Arie van Beek, Steuart Bedford, Frieder Bernius, Avner Biron, Olof Boman, Douglas Boyd, John Butt, Harry Christophers, Jonathan Cohen, Laurence Cummings, Christian Curnyn, Paul Daniel, Martin Gester, Paul Goodwin, Andrew Gourlay, HK Gruber, Charles Hazelwood, Philippe Herreweghe, Tuomas Hannikainen, Wolfgang Katschner, Robert King, Juanjo Mena, Marc Minkowski, Hervé Niquet, Gianandrea Noseda, Ian Page, David Parry, Philip Pickett, Markus Poschner, Daniel Reuss, Pascal Rophé, Thomas Søndergård, Andreas Spering, Christoph Spering, Philipp von Steinaecker, John Storgårds, Takuo Yuasa and Johannes Wildner, and with ensembles such as the Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin, Arte dei Suonatori, Les Arts Florissants, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the BBC Philharmonic, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Les bijoux indiscrets, the Bremen Philharmonic Orchestra, Capella Cracoviensis, Cappella Amsterdam, Le Concert Lorrain, Le Concert Spirituel, the Dunedin Consort, Huddersfield Choral Society, the Israel Camerata, The King’s Consort, the London Handel Players, the London Mozart Players, the Manchester Camerata, the Munich Radio Orchestra, Musica Saeculorum, Das Neue Orchestra, the New London Consort, the Orchestre de Picardie, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra. Festival appearances include Cheltenham, Eisenstadt Haydn, Fishguard, Göttingen, Kapsovar, London Handel, Lockenhaus, Mananan, Midsommer Barok, Nuremberg, St Endellion and West Cork.

Her broadcasts and recordings include Bach Christmas Cantatas (SR2), Bach Wie freudig ist mein Herz (Fra Bernardo CD), Barber Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Berg Altenberg Lieder and Seven Early Songs, Britten Phaedra and Quatre chansons Françaises, Chausson Poème de l”amour et de la Mer, Debussy Le livre de Baudelaire, Fauré Mélodies, Haydn Arianna a Naxos and Scena di Berenice, Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Rückert Lieder, Maxwell Davies The Devils, Mozart Ch’io mi scordi di te, Schubert Lieder, Schumann Fünf Lieder, Op. 40 and Mary Stuart Songs, Richard Strauss Lieder and Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 3 (BBC Radio 3), Dowland Lachrimae (Alpha CD – selected by Le Monde as CD of the week), a Handel 250th Anniversary Concert (RTÉ Lyric fM - broadcast to the EU as part of the Handel celebrations), Handel Chandos Anthems (Polish Radio), Saul (Netherlands Radio), Handel on Tour (BR – Klassik), Messiah (ORF CD), Philemon und Baucis (Deutschlandradio Kultur), Montsalvatge Sinfonia de Requiem (Chandos CD) and Orphée (NDR).

She makes her USA debut in 2015 singing Górecki Symphony of Sorrowful Songs with Symphony Orchestra August, and her current engagements further include Iris in Semele on tour with Concerto Köln, Gismonda in Telemann’s Ottone with Le Concert Lorrain at the Theater Magdeburg, the B Minor Mass with Academia Montis Regalis, Messiah with the Britten Sinfonia and St James’ Baroque, Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Schubert Songs with Orchestra with the Ulster Orchestra, Mozart Arias on tour with the Israel Camerata, Mozart Requiem at the Newbury Spring Festival, The Indian Queen at the Opéra de Metz, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle with the BBC Singers, Richard Strauss Lieder with the Manchester Camerata, Awake, sweet love at King’s Place, programmes with Arte dei Suonatori and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and recitals with Julius Drake at the Gent Festival of Flanders, the Leicester International Music Festival, Music at Lyddington and the Wigmore Hall.

Last updated February 2014