Soprano Ruth Ziesak studied at the College of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt am Main under Elsa Cavelti and began her singing career as a member of the Heidelberg Stadttheater. Numerous competition successes, including first prizes at the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb and the renowned s’Hertogenbosch Competition quickly paved the way to an international career. Since then Ruth Ziesak has herself been appointed a professor of singing at the Saar University of Music.
After her debut at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein based in Düsseldorf and Duisburg, her career led her from the stages of Munich, Stuttgart, Berlin and Dresden to the international platforms of Milan, Florence, Vienna, Paris, London and New York, where she shone in her signature roles of Pamina, Ännchen, Marzelline, Ilia and Sophie. In the meantime, she has extended her repertoire and made her debut in the role of the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro in Glyndebourne and Zurich. It is in this role that she appeared at the Württembergisches Staatstheater in Stuttgart under Manfred Honeck in the 2009/10 season.
The versatile artist is a much sought-after concert soloist and works with the leading orchestras in Paris, Milan, Vienna, Munich, Leipzig, Amsterdam and London. She is a frequent guest at the Salzburg and Lucerne Festivals, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the BBC Proms. Singing under the baton of conductors such as Herbert Blomstedt, Daniele Gatti, Riccardo Muti, Kent Nagano, Lothar Zagrosek, Riccardo Chailly, Jukka Pekka Saraste and Ivor Bolton, she has performed with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the WDR Symphony Orchestra, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and also Salzburg’s Mozarteum Orchestra.
2011 has led her to Dresden Staatskapelle under Sir Roger Norrington (Mozart Mass in c-minor), to Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Bruckner Mass f-minor), to Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Herbert Blomstedt, to Lucerne Symphony Orchestra under Jonathan Nott or to Gulbenkian Orchestra Lisbon (Haydn Creation with Ainaris Rubikis). Future plannings include a tour with St. John’s Passion under Christoph Prégardien, Beethoven’s Missa solemnis with Los Angeles Philharmonic under Herbert Blomstedt, Händel Messiah with Concerto Köln and NDR Radio Choir as well as Brahms Requiem with Orchestre national de France at Salle Pleyel.
As a lieder singer Ruth Ziesak is regularly accompanied by Gerold Huber, with whom she performs in Vienna and Berlin and at London Wigmore Hall, at Austria’s Liszt Festival, at the festivals Kissinger Sommer or Heidelberger Frühling, to name just a few. They had been invited to perform at two lieder recitals by the Leipzig Gewandhaus, where she performed newly discovered lieder by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, which is due to be released on CD in 2011. Ruth Ziesak counts among Andras Schiff’s regular lieder partners with concerts so far at London’s Wigmore Hall or Essen Philharmony. Their future recitals will take place at Salzburg Festival or Berlin Philharmonie. She works with the Merel Quartet, the Nash Ensemble and the Vienna Piano Trio on the chamber music podium.
In addition to her concert recordings with Georg Solti, Riccardo Chailly and Herbert Blomstedt for Decca, Ruth Ziesak has recorded Die Zauberflöte (Solti/Decca), Fidelio (Dohnànyi/Decca), La Clemenza di Tito (Harnoncourt/Teldec), Der Freischütz (Janowski/BMG), Hänsel und Gretel (Runnicles/ Teldec) and Robert Schumann‘s Genoveva with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (Harnoncourt/Teldec). Her solo recordings include Opera Arias by Mozart with the Deutsche Symphonie Orchester Berlin (German Symphony Orchestra Berlin) conducted by Marcus Creed (Capriccio) and lieder by Mahler (Gatti/BMG), as well as a series of lieder recitals for BMG, Naxos and Sony with Ulrich Eisenlohr. In her CD Sacred Arias, featuring works by Buxtehude, Ebart, Tunder and others, released by Capriccio, Ruth Ziesak and the Berliner Barock-Compagney explore the fascinating niche of early Baroque repertoire.
Following the publication of Liszt Lieder (edel classics) and Haydn Canzonetten + Lieder (Phoenix), Ruth Ziesak and Gerold Huber’s next CD is dedicated to Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (AVI – 2011).