Ruth Willemse

Ruth Willemse

Lyric Mezzo-Soprano

Mezzo Soprano Zwischenfach
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«“Solistin der fünf Rückert-Lieder war Ruth Willemse, die sich gut um Textverständlichkeit bemühte, und stärk am Gesang und großen Legatobogen orientierte. Ihr klangvolle Mezzo gefiel mit leuchtenden Höhe…”»
Weser Kurier (2017)
«"With few lines Ruth Willemse as Kate Pinkerton was the "innocent key" to the emotional charge of the story's climax. So chique as she entered, but immediately and clearly insisting that her new husband accepts and respects the responsibilities that she just discovered. At the same time, she showed the hurt the situation brings her personally, damaging the marital relationship, and then her compassion for Butterfly. Overwhelmingly moving."»
2000Wagner: Wesendonck-Lieder für Sopran und OrchesterUnknown
2000Mahler: Symphony No. 2, C minor (Auferstehungssymphonie)Alto
2000Rossini: Il Barbiere di SivigliaBerta
2000Ravel: L'heure espagnoleConcepcion
2000Mozart: Die Zauberflöte2. Dame
2000Bach J.S.: Matthäuspassion, BWV 244 (St. Matthew Passion)Contralto
2000Menotti: The Old Maid and the ThiefMiss Todd
2000Puccini: Madama ButterflyKate Pinkerton
2000Puccini: Gianni SchicchiLa Ciesca
2000Handel: Giulio Cesare in EgittoCornelia
2000Puccini: Madama ButterflySuzuki
2000Beethoven: Symphonies 1 – 9Alto in Symphonie 9
2000Elgar: Sea Pictures, Op. 37Alto
2000Fauré: Requiem, Op. 48, D minorSoprano
2000Haydn: No. 14 in B flat major: 'Harmoniemesse' ('Wind-band Mass') (H. 22/14) (1802);Alto
2000Rossini: Il Barbiere di SivigliaRosina (studied)


The Dutch mezzo Ruth Willemse started her vocal studies at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and graduated in June 2013 at the Vocal Master Program of the Prins Claus Conservatory.  Recent engagements include the role Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly (Dutch Touring Opera / Nederlandse Reisopera), Maddalena in Reimsreisje(after Il Viaggio a Reims) at the Dutch National Opera, Berta in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the National Touring Opera (now Dutch Touring Opera), Old Lady and Paquette, in a Dutch version of Candide as an “Artist in Residence” of the Dutch Touring Opera, Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi in France, Miss Todd in The Old Maid and the Thief and Concepcion in L’Heure Espagnole. In 2016 she will sing Margeret in Wozzeck at the Vara Matinee at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Ruth worked with conductors Antonino Fogliani, Marc Piollet, Hans Leenders, Aldert Vermeulen, Roberto Beltran Zavala, Wouter Padberg, Vincent de Kort, amongst others, and directors like Marcel Sijm, Laurence Dale, Jos Groenier, Xander Straat, Elsina Jansen and Paul-Emile Fourny. She regularly participates as a soloist in concerts and recitals:  Examples of her repertoire are the alto part in Bach’s Matthäus Passion and Weihnachtsoratorium,  the mezzo part in Durufle’s Requiem, Mahler’s Rückert Lieder, Elgar’s Sea Pictures and Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder.
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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Wagner: Wesendonck-Lieder für Sopran und Orchester Unknown 2000
Mahler: Symphony No. 2, C minor (Auferstehungssymphonie) Alto 2000
Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia Berta Nationale ReisOpera 2000
Ravel: L'heure espagnole Concepcion Peter the Great Festival 2000
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte 2. Dame 2000