Ruth Jenkins-Róbertsson

Samling Artist Programme: 2012

Winner of Second Prize at the 2015 Hildegard Zadek Stiftung in Vienna, Opera Now’s Artist of the Month for February 2014, Winner of the 2012 John Scott Award from the Scottish Opera Endowment Trust, Second Prize at the 2012 Kathleen Ferrier Awards, the 2011 Leonard Ingrams Award from Garsington Opera and a Samling Artist, Ruth Jenkins-Róbertsson grew up in Newcastle upon Tyne and graduated in Land Economy from the University of Cambridge. She was taught by David Lowe and sang with Jesus College Chapel Choir under Dan Hyde, with whom she recorded Charles Wood’s St Mark Passion for Naxos. Ruth Jenkins-Róbertsson graduated from the Opera Course at London’s Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with Lillian Watson and Audrey Hyland, in Summer 2012. At the RAM, her roles included Zhou in the world première of Peter Maxwell Davies’ Kommilionen!, Fiordiligi Così fan tutte and the Queen of the Night Die Zauberflöte.

Ruth Jenkins-Róbertsson was a Bach Kohn Scholar for the RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series and a member of the Royal Academy of Music Song Circle, through which she made her debuts at King’s Place and the Wigmore Hall. She has won the Pavarotti Prize, the Dame Eva Turner Operatic Award and the Jackdaw Vocal Awards. She was also a prize winner in the Clonter Opera Prize and the AESS Courtney Kenny English Song Competition, and a finalist in both the Richard Lewis Competition and the Nancy Nuttall Early Music Prize. She has undertaken masterclasses with Barbara Bonney, Angelika Kirchschlager, Ann Murray DBE.

Her engagements have included Frasquita Carmen for Raymond Gubbay Ltd at the Royal Albert Hall, Dew Fairy Hänsel und Greteland Papagena Die Zauberflöte for Garsington Opera at Wormsley, Queen of the Night Die Zauberflöte at the Bath Festival and for Garsington Opera at West Green House, the B Minor Mass with the Brandenburg Sinfonia, Messiah with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the Nelson Mass at St John’s, Smith Square, Exsultate Jubilate at Chichester Cathedral, Mozart Mass in C Minor and Vivaldi Gloria with the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Mozart Requiem at the Royal Festival Hall, The Cholmondeley Castle Proms Fireworks Concert with the Manchester Camerata and Coronation Classics at the Royal Albert Hall. Broadcasts include In Tune for BBC Radio 3.

Featured in The Daily Telegraph’s New Music Column, she made her debut with Scottish Opera as Papagena in Sir Thomas Allen’s new production of The Magic Flute, returning in 2013 / 2014 to sing Norina Don Pasquale and Zerlina Don Giovanni. She also sang Lisette La rondine for Iford Arts.

Her current engagements include Queen of the Night Die Zauberflöte for Northern Ireland Opera, King Arthur at the Theater Biel Solothurn, Le Feu / Le Rossignol L’Enfant et les sortilèges for Samling Academy Opera, Philine Mignon for New Sussex Opera, Mozart Masterpieces at the Royal Festival Hall, London, Carmina Burana with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall, London, as well as at the Barbican Hall, London, and Sage Gateshead, and Vivaldi Gloria with the European Union Chamber Orchestra at the King’s Lynn Festival.

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