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Ruby Hughes

Ruby Hughes began her musical studies as a cellist, graduating from the Guildhall School of Music in London before going on to study singing at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Munich and the Royal College of Music, London, on a full scholarship. A BBC New Generation artist in 2011–13, Ruby Hughes held a Borletti Buitoni Trust award, was shortlisted for a 2014 Royal Philharmonic Society Music award, and was winner of the first prize and audience prize at the 2009 London Handel competition.

She made her début at the Theater an der Wien in 2009 as Roggiero (Tancredi) conducted by René Jacobs, returning as Fortuna (L’incoronazione di Poppea). She has sung major roles at the London Handel Festival, Buxton Festival, Aix-en-Provence Festival, English National Opera, Garsington Opera, The Opera Group, Music Theatre Wales and Scottish Opera, as well as in Jonathan Miller’s production of Bach’s St Matthew Passion at the National Theatre. Festival appearances include the Edinburgh International Festival, the BBC Proms with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Cheltenham, Gent OdeGand, Göttingen, Lockenhaus, Lucerne, Manchester International, Nuremberg, St Endellion and West Cork. Ruby Hughes has broadcast and recorded extensively and has sung under many leading conductors; she is also a keen recitalist, working particularly closely with Joseph Middleton and Julius Drake.

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