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Ruby Nightingale is an Australian Soprano and composer based in New York. This summer she was a Young Artist with Nightingale Opera Theatre in Ohio. In 2021 she joined the National Opera Intensive of Canada-based Against the Grain Theatre/University of Toronto, as well as the Westchester Summer Voice Institute in New York City. She was a 2020 Britten-Pears Young Artist in London (Composition, Alternative Performance, and Performance Art Program). Performances include Frank Denyer's The Fish that became the Sun with Rubythroat ensemble at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (premiere recorded by BBC Radio and winner of Royal Philharmonic Society’s large-scale composition Award), Trinity Laban’s opera scenes as La Fée in Massenet's Cendrillon, Agathe in Weber's Der Freischütz with Opera at Bearwood, and Sancho Panza in Don Quixote visits the Duchess by Boismortier with Richmond Opera. She has performed as a soloist in GrandMother by Esmeralda Conde Ruiz Union Chapel, and Southbank Centre's Women of the World Festival in London, and a solo recital of contemporary repertoire including her own song cycle we will part for voice, loop pedal, and harmonium, at The Swiss Church in London. She made her conducting debut at The Normansfield Theatre in 2018 as Assistant Music Director of Richmond Opera.


Highlights of ensemble engagements in London have included performing in Imagine, a vocal and video collaboration between Esmeralda Conde Ruiz and Yoko Ono, and singing with CLOD Ensemble at Somerset House's unveiling of Ai Wei Wei's flag honouring the 70th anniversary of the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Ruby has sung as a member of the Bronx Opera Chorus, placed in the William Haralson Vocal Competition in New York, and performed her own composed and improvised work in Hong Kong, New York, and London. In 2019, she was the winner of the National Operatic and Dramatic Association's Malcom Rose Award in London.

Ruby earned her Bachelor of Music with Honors at The Hartt School of Music and Dance, performing Queen of the Night in Mozart's The Magic Flute, Mae Jones in Kurt Weill's Street Scene, and Bird in Ned Rorem's Fables. She recently earned her Master of Music with Distinction at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, UK.

Ruby Nightingale and Adam Ackerman by Shane Pittson
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Ruby Nightingale by Des Iles

Recent Engagements

Summer 2022

Nightingale Opera Theatre, Ohio

Ada, A Certain Madness (Hans Bridger Heruth)

First Woman / Selena (Cover), If I Were You (Jake Heggie)

Ada's Aria, Cold Mountain (Jennifer Higdon), 21st Century Arias Recital

Kevin McMillan Masterclass

Summer 2021

National Opera Intensive with Against the Grain Theatre and UofT

Elliot Madore Masterclass

Sandra Horst Masterclass

Summer 2021

Westchester Summer Vocal Institute

Louis Burkot Masterclass

Peter Randsman Masterclass

September 2020

Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme

Composition, Alternative Performance, and Performance Art

June 2020 - Cancelled

Pepik in The Cunning Little Vixen by Janáček

Trinity Laban Opera

May 2020

Und ist kein betrug... from Wozzeck by Berg

Robert Alderson Masterclass 

May 2020 - Postponed

Birdsong (Works by Messiaen, Rhian Samuel, Georgia Turner / Improvisation)

Solo lecture recital at Trinity Laban Conservatoire

May 2020 - Cancelled

Contessa di Folleville in Il Viaggio a Reims by Rossini

Trinity Laban Opera Scenes Concert

April 2020 - Cancelled

The Oak Dreams by Joshua Kaye / Clare Wigzell

Leeds Lieder Festival

January 2020

Here you come again (Dolly Parton) graphic score by Ruby Nightingale

Housmans Bookshop, London

PC: Katie Lambe, Shane Pittson, Des Iles

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