Ruby Hughes , soprano
Soprano Ruby Hughes was born in London in 1980.She studied cello and voice at Chethams school of Music and The Guildhall School before she came to Munich to study with Edith Wiens at The Hochschule FŁr Music and Theatre on a DAAD scholarship from the German Government. In 2003 she received distinction in her diploma in Konzert and Lieder and in 2006 was awarded a Meisterklasse from the Hochschule.

Ruby Hughes has sung in several opera productions, including Barbarina Le Nozze di Figaro, Dido in Dido and Aeneas and Marzelina in Fidelio. She has also performed as soloist in Mahlerís 4th symphony, Beethoven 9th Symphony, Haydn Creation, Mendelssohn Elias well as in Mozarts Címinor mass, Requem and soprano Konzert arias. In 2000 she toured throughout Europe as a member of the Monteverdi Choir in The Bach Kantata pilgrimage conducted by John Eliot Gardiner. Ruby has also performed Le Statue in Rameau's Pygmalion with conductor Christian Curnyn at the Cheltenham Festival and on several occasions with The London Soloists Chamber Orchestra at St Martin in The Fields London, as well as in an Avant-garde concert in London's Purcell Room with a live preview on BBC Radio 3 (Messiaen, Thomas Ades). In 2004 Ruby sang in Herrenchiemsee-Festival with Enoch zu Guttenburg and subsequently sang the female lead in the Philip Glass opera 'The Fall of the House of Usher' at Haus der Kunst with The Bayerischen Stattsschauspiel.

Ruby has also given several recitals with pianists such as Paul Kildea at The Aldeburgh Festival and with Graham Johnson in The Young Songmakers Almanac at The Wigmore Hall and St John Smith Square. She has also given a recital of Strauss and Schumann at The Oxford Lieder festival.

She has attended masterclasses held by Ann Murray, Brigitte Fassbender, Iain Burnside and Malcolm Martinu . In 2002 she won the Vocal prize in The Gerald Moore competition in London and in 2005 she was a prize winner in The 'Mozart Sommer Akademie' in Salzburg leading to a performance in The Salzburg Festival.

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