Winner of the 2012 John Scott Award from the Scottish Opera Endowment Trust, Second Prize at the 2012 Kathleen Ferrier Awards and the 2011 Leonard Ingrams Award from Garsington Opera, 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 in 2012 from the Opera Course at London’s Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with Lillian Watson and Audrey Hyland. 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 was a Bach Kohn Scholar for the 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 at Clonter Opera and in 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 Sir Thomas Allen, Barbara Bonney, Angelika Kirchschlager and Ann Murray DBE.
Ruth recently sang Zerlina in Sir Thomas Allen’s new production of Don Giovanni and also Norina Don Pasquale, both with Scottish Opera. Ruth’s other engagements have included Papagena The Magic Flute with Scottish Opera and Garsington Opera, Queen of the Night Die Zauberflöte at the Bath Festival and for Garsington Opera at West Green House, Frasquita Carmen for Raymond Gubbay Ltd at the Royal Albert Hall, Dew Fairy Hänsel und Gretel for Garsington Opera, the B Minor Mass with the Brandeburg Sinfonia, Messiah with Brian Kay at the Royal Albert Hall, Messiah at Sage Gateshead with the Northern Sinfonia, Mozart Requiem at the Royal Festival Hall, Coronation Classics at the Royal Albert Hall, 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, and The Cholmondeley Castle Proms Fireworks Concert with the Manchester Camerata. Her broadcasts include In Tune for BBC Radio 3.
In 2014 Ruth was selected as ‘Artist of the Month’ in Opera Now’s February Edition, and she was also featured as a ‘New Music Artist’ for the Telegraph. Her current engagements include Lisette La Rondine with Iford Arts, Queen of the Night The Magic Flute with Northern Ireland Opera, Mozart Mass in C Minor at Bath Abbey and Haydn The Creation with the Ten Tors Orchestra.
Ruth is a Samling Scholar and gratefully acknowledges the support of the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.