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.
She has been invited to opera houses of Paris, Milano, Baden-Baden, Brussels, Amsterdam, Stuttgart, Wien and Lausanne, with Mozart roles like Konstanze, Pamina, Susanna, Fiordiligi, Donna Anna ad Giunia (LUCIO SILLA) as well as Zerbinetta, Almirena, Sophie, Ophélie, Iphigenie, Angelica (ORLANDO), Lucia di Lammermoor a.o. She is a frequent guest at festivals such as the Salzburg Festival, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, the Edinburgh Festival, the Mostly Mozart Festival, BBC Proms, Leipzig Bach Festival, Prague Spring Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, Lucerne Festival, Holland Festival and the Drottningholm Festival.
The soprano worked with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Musiciens du Louvre, the Orchestra of the 18th century, the English Baroque Soloists, the Monteverdi Choir, the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, the Academy of ancient music, Berlin, the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Symphonieorchester of the Bavarian Radio with conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, John Eliot Gardiner, Christian Thielemann, Marek Janowski, Helmut Rilling, Frans Brüggen, Ton Koopman, Marc Minkowski, Emmanuelle Haïm and Iván Fischer.
Her discography includes Mozart concert arias, Bach cantatas, Carmina Burana, Mélodies Français etc. Lenneke Ruiten has a special passion for Lieder. She works with pianist Thom Janssen and has given recitals in venues including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Wigmore Hall, London and the Kaisersaal, Frankfurt.
Important engagements starting 2019: New Year’s concerts with the Camerata Salzburg in Salzbourg and Luzern, Der Freischütz (role debut Agathe) at the Opéra du Rhin, Strasbourg, St John Passion (in a scenic version) at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, Rinaldo at the Opera de Oviedo, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Dortmunder Philharmonic Orchestra and the Beogradska Filharmonija, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Fiordiligi in Cosi fan Tutti as well as the title role in Maria Stuarda at La Monnaie, Bruxelles.
Recently she appeared as La Mort in Henze’s Das Floß der Medusa at De Nationale Opera, Amsterdam, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Weill’s Sieben Todsünden and Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire at the Opéra du Rhin, Strasbourg.