Biography

Since her acclaimed stand-in performance in June 2013 at the Stuttgart State Opera as Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), Lenneke Ruiten’s career has taken off in a big way. She has been invited to sing Ophelie(Hamlet, La Monnaie, Brussels) and Giunia (Lucio Silla, Scala, Milan), both under Marc Minkowski. 

Other future engagements are Donna Anna (Don Giovanni, Salzburger Festspiele under Christoph Eschenbach), Angelica (Orlando, Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam under René Jacobs), Polly(Dreigroschenoper, Theater an der Wien), Zerbinetta in Glyndebourne, Aspasia (Mitridate, La Monnaie, Brussels) and Minerva (Il Ritorno d'Ulisse, Théatre des Champs-Elysées under Emmanuelle Haïm).

The Stuttgart State Opera has engaged Lenneke for the 14/15 season as Zerbinetta, La Follie (Platée) and Sophie (Rosenkavalier).

Other future engagements are Bach’s St John Johannes Passion and Alphise (Les Boréades), both with Les Musiciens du Louvre under Marc Minkowski, Das Floß der Medusa by Henze with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra under Markus Stenz and Mozart’s Coronation Mass at the Salzburg Festival with the Mozarteum Orchester under Manfred Honeck. At the Theater an der Wien Lenneke will sing Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.

Lenneke Ruiten made her operatic debut as Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro) in the Prinzregententheater in Munich. She went on to sing Yniold (Pelléas et Mélisande), Ksenia (Boris Godunov), Elisa (Il re pastore),Armida and Almirena (Rinaldo), Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos) and Fiordiligi (Cosí fan Tutte), with opera companies including the Nationale Reisopera, the Dutch National Opera, the Opéra de Lausanne and St Gallen.

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

Lenneke has a special passion for Lieder. She works with pianist Thom Janssen and has given recitals in venues including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Wigmore Hall in London and the Kaisersaal in Frankfurt.

Her discography includes Mozart Concert Arias (Spanjaard, Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra – PENTATONE), Bruckner’s Mass in F minor (Marek Janowski, Suisse Romande – Pentatone), Bach cantatas (Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists – SDG), works by JC Bach (Rademann, Akademie für Alte Musik - Harmonia Mundi), Carmina Burana (SWR Vokal Ensemble), Mélodies Françaises and Brahms Lieder.  

LennekeRuiten studied at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and the Bavarian Theatre Academy in Munich with Maria Rondel and Meinard Kraak. She also completed training as a flautist. She won five prizes at the International Vocal Competition in ’s-Hertogenbosch, including the first prize, the press prize and the audience prize.

Photo by Victor Thomas

Discography

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