Lenneke Ruiten

Lenneke Ruiten

Lenneke Ruiten studied flute and singing at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and the Bavarian Theatre Academy in Munich. In 2002 she won several prizes at the International Vocal Competition in ’s-Hertogenbosch. Today she is one of the most demanded sopranos of our time with an outstanding international career in concert and opera.

In February 2023 she was awarded the Elly Ameling Ring song prize, which was initiated by the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.

During the first ten years of her career Lenneke Ruiten’s main focus was on concert performances. Sir John Eliot Gardiner took her on several tours with his Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, performing Monteverdi’s Vespers, Bach solo cantatas (Jauchzet Gott and Weichet nur betrübte Schatten) and Bach’s Mass in B minor, and they released a recording of Bach’s Ascension Cantatas. In 2019 she sang her first Verdi Requiem with Gardiner during the Festival Saint Denis in Paris.

Lenneke Ruiten has worked with orchestras and ensembles including the Vienna Philharmonic, English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Dublin, Staatskapelle Dresden, Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Wiener Akademie, and with conductors including Christoph Eschenbach, John Eliot Gardiner, Marc Minkowski, Christian Thielemann, Iván Fischer, Andres Orozco-Estrada, Frans Brüggen, Alessandro de Marchi, Ton Koopman, Ottavio Dantone, Jérémie Rhorer and Martin Haselböck. She frequently performs at festivals including the Salzburg Festival, the BBC Proms, Leipzig Bach Festival, Prague Spring Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, Lucerne Festival and Holland Festival.

Lenneke Ruiten has a particular passion for Lieder. After taking lessons in German and French songs and poetry from great Lieder singers including Elly Ameling, Robert Holl, Hans Hotter and Walter Berry, she gained a substantial reputation as a Lied singer and gives recitals with pianists Thom Janssen and Rudolf Jansen.

Her discography includes Mozart Concert Arias, Bach Cantatas, works by JC Bach, Carmina Burana, Mélodies Françaises and Brahms Lieder.

Photo: Thom Janssen