Ruth Ziesak - Soprano

“One of the reasons for the triumph of this production is that – for once, finally – the singers cast is so convincing. This is especially apparent in the case of the Countess: The frenetically celebrated Ruth Ziesak lines this with subtly controlled even tone, even in the high registers. Staatsoper Stuttgart – cond. Manfred Honeck – 16 April 2010

The soprano Ruth Ziesak studied with Elsa Cavelti at the University for Music and Performing Arts Frankfurt am Main. Numerous successes in competitions, amongst others the first prize at the German Music Competition and at the renowned s’Hertogenbosch Contest soon paved her way for an international career. Meanwhile Ruth Ziesak holds her own professorship for singing at the University for Music Saar.

After first performances at the Heidelberg Theatre and the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf/Duisburg her way took her to the international stages of Munich, Milan, Berlin, Florence, Vienna, Paris, London and New York where she excelled in her famous roles as Pamina, Ännchen, Marzelline, Ilia or Sophie.

Meanwhile she has broadened her repertoire and made her debut as Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro in Glyndebourne and Zurich. In this very role she could be heard in 2010 at the Stuttgart Opera under the baton of Manfred Honeck. Also Mozart ́s Donna Anna - in concert version at the Herrenchiemsee Festival – belongs to these new roles of her repertoire.

The multi-faceted artist is a highly demanded concert singer and also enjoys singing with baroque orchestras such as the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. She guest performs at the Salzburg Festival and the Lucerne Festival. Her work with conductors such as Herbert Blomstedt, Daniele Gatti, Riccardo Muti, Kent Nagano, Lothar Zagrosek, Riccardo Chailly, Jukka Pekka Saraste and Ivor Bolton leads her to Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, Staatskapelle Dresden, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, WDR Symphony Orchestra, Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin, Montreal Symphony Orchestra and the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg.

In the recent time Ruth Ziesak sang concerts such as Beethoven`s Missa solemnis with the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic under the baton of Herbert Blomstedt, with Concerto Köln and the NDR Choir (Händel/Messiah), with the Czech Philharmonic Prague and Manfred Honeck (Schmidt/Buch mit den sieben Siegeln), with the MDR Symphony Orchestra under Jun Märkl, with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra (Bach: Jauchzet Gott). She also performed in Johannes Brahms` Deutsches Requiem with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Jukka Pekka Saraste.

In 2013 Ruth Ziesak`s engagements include Schumann`s Paradies und die Peri under Emanuel Krivine, with Christoph Eschenbach and the Orchestre National de France in the Salle Pleyel in Paris (Brahms Requiem), Schumann`s Faust- Szenen and the Frankfurt Museum Orchestra under Sebastian Weigle, Mendelssohn`s Paulus (conducted by Lothar Zagrosek) with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg as well as with the Vienna Philharmonic under Leopold Hager in Rome. Next year she will guest perform at the Orquesta sinfonica RTVE in Madrid and also with the Orquesta de Valencia under Yaron Traub with Poulenc`s Stabat mater, at the Scottish Chamber Orchestra again under E. Krivine, at the Czech Philharmonic Prague with Haydn`s Schöpfung and also at the Lucerne Festival with Beethoven’s Missa solemnis under the baton of András Schiff.

As lied singer she regularly cooperates with pianist Gerold Huber with whom she guest performed in Vienna, Berlin, London, at the Heidelberg Spring Festival and the Kissinger Summer Festival. Invited by the Leipzig Gewandhaus the two artists on the occasion of the Mendelsson anniversary in 2010 gave two recitals with newly discovered songs of the celebrated jubilarian. Ruth Ziesak is among the regular lied partners of András Schiff. Together they guest performed in London ́s Wigmore Hall, in the Philharmonic of Essen, at the Salzburg Festival as well as the Berlin Philharmonic. In the field of chamber music she works with the Merel-Quartett, the Vienna Piano-Trio and the Wanderer Trio.

In addition to her concert recordings with Georg Solti, Riccardo Chailly and Herbert Blomstedt for Decca Ruth Ziesak has also recorded The Magic Flute (Solti/Decca), Fidelio (von Dohnànyi/Decca), La Clemenza di Tito (Harnoncourt/Teldec), Der Freischütz (Janowski/BMG), Hänsel und Gretel (Runnicles/Teldec) and Robert Schumann`s Genoveva with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (Harnoncourt/Teldec). Her solo recordings include operatic arias by Mozart with the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin under Marcus Creed (Capriccio) and lieder by Mahler (Gatti/BMG) as well as a series of recitals for BMG, Naxos and Sony with Ulrich Eisenlohr.

Recent CD recordings with Ruth Ziesak include Mendelssohn`s Elias and his Lobgesang-Symphony (MDR Symphony Orchestra/Jun Märkl/Naxos). Following her solo CDs with Liszt songs (edel classics), with Haydn Canzones and songs (Phoenix) and songs by Mendelssohn (AVI) a new CD was released in early 2013 by Phoenix with songs of Mahler and Zemlinsky – all accompanied by Gerold Huber at the piano.

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