Ruth Strutt is an Australian mezzo-soprano of critical acclaim. A dynamic artist and musician, Ruth performs regularly on opera and theatre stages across the country.
Ruth hails from the icy climes of northern New South Wales and completed her Bachelor of Music at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2011. Since then, Ruth has enjoyed performing on many and varied stages across Australia performing opera, oratorio, music theatre, and stage plays. Ruth has sung numerous roles, including Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Alto in English Eccentrics, Pitti Sing in The Mikado, The Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos, and Ariodante in Ariodante. She most recently received rave reviews at the Sydney Fringe Festival for her portrayal of the Mother in The Things I Could Never Tell Steven.
Ruth is currently performing as a Principal Artist with Opera Australia, starring in the Great Opera Hits concert series. Ruth performing the role of Ferdinand in El Kid for both the Melbourne 2016 and Sydney 2017 Schools Tours, as well as a season at the Arts Centre Melbourne, and will be singing in the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour season of La Bohème in 2018. Ruth will also be singing the role of La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi for Opera Australia in Japan in late 2018.
Ruth is particularly passionate about Australian composition and new works. She has worked alongside composers such as Richard Peter Maddox, Elena Kats-Chernin, Guy Noble, Dan Walker, Sally Whitwell, and Benjamin Thorne. Ruth has premiered a number of new pieces, most recently Unbroken Stillness, These Men and Kubla Kahn by Richard Peter Maddox, The Aqueduct by Jennifer Game-Lopata at the Brisbane Restrung Festival, and God’s Drawing Board by Elena Kats-Chernin. She is affiliated with Opera Queensland, Opera North West, and Melbourne City Opera, being a featured artist in Opera at Langford and Opera in the Vines, as well as being the vocalist in the baroque improvisation quartet, Wondrous Machine.
Ruth also has extensive experience in choral music and vocal pedagogy. She has worked with Gondwana Voices and Sydney Childrens’ Choir and conducted the New England Singers and Cantilena Choirs at the New England Conservatorium of Music, as well as maintaining a large teaching studio at the Conservatorium. She has worked extensively with choral conductors Lyn Williams, George Torbay, Paul Holley, Mark O’Leary, and Dan Walker, and is passionate about sharing her love of music with younger singers.