Ruth Ziesak

Soprano

Ruth Ziesak studied at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt am Main under Elsa Cavelti. Numerous competition successes, including the first prizes at the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb and the renowned International Vocal Competition ’s Hertogenbosch, quickly paved the way for an international career. Meanwhile she has also been appointed Professor of Singing at the Saar Academy of Music.

After early appearances at the Theater Heidelberg and the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf/Duisburg, she went on to sing on the international stages in Munich, Milan, Berlin, Florence, Vienna, Paris, London and New York, where she made a name for herself in her signature roles of as Pamina, Ännchen, Marzelline, Ilia and Sophie. She has since broadened her repertoire, and has appeared as the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro in Glyndebourne and Zürich, and in 2010 at the Stuttgart Opera under Manfred Honeck.

The multifaceted artist is also much in demand as a concert singer, and enjoys working with Baroque orchestras such as the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin or the Freiburger Barockorchester. She makes frequent guest appearances at the Salzburg Festival and the Lucerne Festival. Her work with conductors like Herbert Blomstedt, Daniele Gatti, Riccardo Muti, Kent Nagano, Lothar Zagrosek, Riccardo Chailly, Jukka Pekka Saraste and Ivor Bolton has taken her to the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the WDR Symphony Orchestra, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and the Mozarteum-Orchester in Salzburg.

Ruth Ziesak has recently guested with the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic, both times under Herbert Blomstedt with Beethoven’s Missa solemnis, with the Orchestre National de France in Paris’ Salle Pleyel (Brahms’ Requiem) under Christoph Eschenbach, in Schumann’s Scenes from Goethe’s Faust under Sebastian Weigle with Frankfurt’s Museums-Orchester, with the Vienna Philharmonic under Leopold Hager in Rome, in Mendelssohn’s Elias under Petr Altrichter with the Slovakian Philharmonic in Bratislava, and subsequently under Andras Schiff at the famous Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Munich Symphony Orchestra under Kevin John Edusei, and later with the Orquesta de Valencia under the baton of Yaron Traub. In addition, she also recently performed in Mozart’s Requiem with the Orchestre de Paris under Bertrand de Billy.

Highlights of the 2017_18 season include Mozart´s Requiem under the baton of Leopold Hager at Casa da Musica in Porto, Bach´s Missa in B-minor in Detmold and Mendelssohn´s Hymn of Praise with the Prague Symphony Orchestra under Elli Jaffe.

Ruth Ziesak’s recital performances often see her together with Gerold Huber, with whom she has guested in Vienna, Berlin, London, at the Heidelberger Frühling and the Kissinger Sommer festivals, and she counts as one of András Schiff’s regular recital partners. The duo has also guested at London’s Wigmore Hall, at the Salzburg Festival and the Berliner Philharmonie.

Alongside her concert recordings with Sir Georg Solti, Riccardo Chailly and Herbert Blomstedt for Decca, Ruth Ziesak has recorded The Magic Flute (Solti/Decca), Fidelio (von Dohnànyi/Decca), La Clemenza di Tito (Harnoncourt/Teldec), Der Freischütz (Janowski/BMG), Hänsel and Gretel (Runnicles/Teldec) and Robert Schumann’s Genoveva with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (Harnoncourt/Teldec). Among her solo recordings are operatic arias with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under Marcus Creed (Capriccio) and lieder by Gustav Mahler (Gatti/BMG), as well as a series of lieder recitals for BMG, Naxos and Sony with Ulrich Eisenlohr. Among her CD recordings are Mendelssohn’s Elijah and his Lobgesang Symphony (MDR Symphony Orchestra /Jun Märkl/Naxos). Following her solo CDs of Liszt lieder (edel classics), Haydn canzonettas and lieder (Phoenix) and Mendelssohn lieder (AVI), Phoenix have released a recording of Mahler und Zemlinsky lieder, all accompanied at the piano by Gerold Huber.

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