Ruby Hughes 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. She gained a full scholarship to study with Lillian Watson at the Royal College of Music’s Opera course in London, graduating in July 2009.
Shortlisted for a 2014 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award, and Winner of both First Prize and the Audience Prize at the 2009 London Handel Singing Competition, Ruby was also a BBC New Generation Artist for 2011/2013 and holds a 2014 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award.
She made her debut at the Theater an der Wien 2009 as Roggiero in Tancredi conducted by René Jacobs, returning as Fortuna L’Incoronazione di Poppea. International festivals include Aix-en-Provence, BBC Proms, Lucerne, Cheltenham, Edinburgh, Lufthansa, London Handel Festival, Buxton, and West Cork Chamber music Festival.
She has appeared with English National Opera, Early Opera Company, Scottish Opera and Garsington Opera. Abroad she has appeared in roles at the Festival Internacional de Música Antigua, Madrid, the Schwetzinger Festival, Opéra de Toulon, and with Les Arts Florrissant at Cité de la Musique Paris. Her concert appearances include performances with all of the the BBC Orchestras, the Ulster Orchestra, Concerto Köln, Akademie der Alte music and Zurich and Basel Chamber Orchestra. She made her US debut in 2015 both in a recital with Julius Drake at New York’s Frick Collection and with Symphony Orchestra Augusta in Górecki‘s Symphony of Sorrowful Songs. During 16/17 she will make her debut at Carnegie Hall.
Her first solo recital disc Nocturnal variations, of songs by Schubert, Mahler, Britten and Berg with pianist Joseph Middleton, was released in 2015 on the Champs Hill label, and she will also be recording her Giulia Frasi disc with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, supported by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust.
The Borletti-Buitoni award has been an invaluable support for me. It has enabled me to continue having regular singing lessons, vocal and language coaching.
I have been been working with baroque music specialist David Vickers, researching and discovering some wonderful arias written by Handel, Smith, Arne, Hayes and Ciampi, all for Guilia Frasi.
With BB Trust financial support I am planning to record a CD paying homage to Frasi, together with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Laurence Cummings, for Chandos records. This project would never have been possible had it not been for the generous support of the Trust.
Photographs by Barry Hale / Camillo Escheverii