“…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
Ruby Hughes began her musical studies as a cellist graduating from the Guildhall School of Music in London. She went on to study voice at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Munich and was awarded a Royal Philharmonic Society Susan Chilcott award to support her post graduate studies there. She gained a full scholarship to study with Lillian Watson at the Royal College of Music, London, graduating in July 2009.
Holder of a 2014 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, Shortlisted for a 2014 Royal Philharmonic Society Music 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 made her debut at the Theater an der Wien 2009 as Roggiero Tancredi conducted by René Jacobs, returning as Fortuna L’Incoronazione di Poppea. She has sung at the London Handel Festival, Buxton Festival and Euridice L’Orfeo at the Aix-en-Provence Festival with René Jacobs.
In the UK she has appeared with English National Opera, Early Opera Company, Garsington Opera, The Opera Group, Music Theatre Wales and Scottish Opera. She also appeared in Sir Jonathan Miller’s production of the St Matthew Passion at the National Theatre.
Other engagements abroad have included Silvia L’isola disabitata (Bonno) with Pablo Heras-Casado at the Festival Internacional de Música Antigua, Madrid, Sandrina L’infedelta delusa for Potsdamer Winteroper, Narcissa Philemon und Baucis at the Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci, The Indian Queen at the Schwetzinger Festival, and Rose Maurrant Street Scene at the Opéra de Toulon.
In concert, she has sung under conductors including Stuart Bedford, Frieder Bernius, Douglas Boyd, Harry Christophers, Jonathan Cohen, Laurence Cummings, Christian Curnyn, Paul Daniel, Paul Goodwin, HK Gruber, Philippe Herreweghe, Robert King, Juanjo Mena, Marc Minkowski, Hervé Niquet, Gianandrea Noseda, Thomas Søndergård, John Storgårds, and Takuo Yuasa with ensembles such as the Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin, Les Arts Florissants, all the BBC Orchestras, Britten Sinfonia, Le Concert Spirituel, The King’s Consort, London Mozart Players, Manchester Camerata, the Munich Radio Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra and Zurich Chamber Orchestra.
Festival appearances have included the BBC Proms, Cheltenham, Fishguard, Gent Festival OdeGand, Göttingen, Lockenhaus, Nuremberg, St Endellion and West Cork.
She has broadcast and recorded extensively covering a wide rage of repertoire including works by Bach, Barber, Berg, Britten, Crumb, Handel, Haydn, Mahler, Maxwell Davies, Macmillan, Schubert and Schumann.
Ruby is a keen recitalist and works closely with the pianists Julius Drake and Joseph Middleton. In 2015 she will release her first solo recital disc with pianist Joseph Middleton for the Champs Hill label. She makes her US debut in 2015 in a recital with Julius Drake at The Frick Collection in New York and with Symphony Orchestra Augusta in Górecki‘s Symphony of Sorrowful Songs.
Her recent engagements have included a performance at the 2014 BBC Proms with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, her debut at the Davos Festival, concerts with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Camerata and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, a recital at the Gent Festival and a return for the third consecutive year to the West Cork International Chamber Music Festival.
Future highlights include tours with Jordi Savall, Concerto Köln under Ivor Bolton, Basel Chamber Orchestra under Trevor Pinnock including a performance at the Lucerne Festival and with the Wiener Akademie under Martin Haselböck as well as performances with the Ulster Orchestra, a return to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and recital with Julius Drake at the Wigmore Hall.