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Ruth Holton (Soprano)

Born: 1961 - England

The English soprano, Ruth Holton, read music at Clare College, Cambridge, where she was a choral exhibitioner.

Ruth Holton made her first solo recording in J.S. Bach's St. John Passion (BWV 245) for Deutsche Grammophon under John Eliot Gardiner, and rapidly became well known for her performances of the Baroque and Classical repertoire. Ruth's discography includes Carissimi's Jephtha, Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, Bach cantatas with Gardiner and Ton Koopman, Mozart's Salzburg Masses, George Frideric Handel's Messiah, Heinrich Schütz's Christmas Story, Haydn's Nelson Mass, and most recently, G.F. Handel's Susanna with the Kölner Kammerchor.

The clarity of Ruth Holton's voice makes her a popular choice for contemporary music: she has given a programme of newly-commissioned works at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, has participated in a BBC television documentary with original music by Peter Salem, and recorded Grand Pianola Music by John Adams. She has sung in concerts and a recording of works by Steve Reich with Ensemble Modern. She has given first performances of the Te Deum by David Briggs (Three Choirs Festival), Gethsemane by Matthew King in the Spitalfields Festival, and Brian Inglis' In Sorrow and Joy in Bath.

Ruth Holton has appeared in many major European festivals, including Flanders, Greenwich, Cheltenham and Bath. She has performed with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Gustav Leonhardt in Rome and Vienna, and with Fretwork in Finland and Germany. At the millennium new year she was a soloist for Sir John Eliot Gardiner in performances of Bach Cantatas in Berlin. She has made regular appearances with the choir of St. Thomas' Leipzig in J.S. Bach's own church and on tour, and will be performing his Mass in B minor (BWV 232) in the Bachfest in 2000 on the 250th anniversary of the composer's death.

Ruth Holton is an experienced recitalist and has given concerts of Lieder and French Song in London, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Bath and Oxford. Plans for the current season include a performance of Haydn's Creation in the Three Choirs Festival in Hereford, Bach cantatas with the Monteverdi choir in Eton and the Orkney festival, and a newly commissioned Creation by David Briggs in Gloucester. She has recently (2000) completed a project to record all of Bach's sacred Cantatas with the Holland Boys Choir and Pieter Jan Leusink.

Ruth Holton is also head of vocal studies at St. Joseph's College, Beulah Hill, and was a visiting coach at an International Choral Symposium in Gdansk in August 1999.

 

Source: 24 Hours Bach Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (May 2002)

Ruth Holton: Short Biography | General Discussions

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works

Conductor

As

Works

Georg Christoph Biller

Soprano

BWV 232, BWV 245

John Eliot Gardiner

Soprano

BWV 140, BWV 147
BCP: BWV 23, BWV 41, BWV 58, BWV 127, BWV 129, BWV 143, BWV 165, BWV 171, BWV 176, BWV 194
BWV 244, BWV 245 [1st], BWV 248

Ton Koopman

Soprano

BWV 63

Pieter Jan Leusink

Soprano

BWV 3, BWV 4, BWV 5, BWV 6, BWV 8, BWV 10, BWV 13, BWV 14, BWV 17, BWV 19, BWV 21, BWV 23, BWV 26, BWV 30, BWV 31, BWV 32, BWV 36, BWV 37, BWV 38, BWV 39, BWV 41, BWV 42, BWV 43, BWV 44, BWV 47, BWV 49, BWV 51, BWV 52, BWV 57, BWV 58, BWV 59, BWV 61, BWV 62, BWV 69, BWV 70, BWV 71, BWV 72, BWV 74, BWV 75, BWV 77, BWV 78, BWV 79, BWV 80, BWV 84, BWV 85, BWV 86, BWV 88, BWV 89, BWV 91, BWV 92, BWV 93, BWV 95, BWV 96, BWV 97, BWV 98, BWV 99, BWV 107, BWV 110, BWV 111, BWV 112, BWV 113, BWV 114, BWV 116, BWV 118, BWV 119, BWV 120, BWV 121, BWV 122, BWV 124, BWV 127, BWV 130, BWV 131, BWV 132, BWV 133, BWV 139, BWV 140, BWV 143, BWV 144, BWV 145, BWV 147, BWV 149, BWV 150, BWV 151, BWV 152, BWV 155, BWV 156, BWV 158, BWV 162, BWV 163, BWV 164, BWV 165, BWV 166, BWV 167, BWV 168, BWV 171, BWV 172, BWV 173, BWV 176, BWV 177, BWV 179, BWV 180, BWV 184, BWV 185, BWV 186, BWV 187, BWV 188, BWV 192, BWV 194, BWV 196, BWV 197, BWV 199

Peter Neumann

Soprano

BWV 245

Links to other Sites

Ruth Holton (City oif Birmingham Choir)
Routh Holton (Soprano) (Glouchester Choral)
Ruth Holton, biography, discography (Goldberg)

Raphi's Serious Singers List : Sopranos : Ruth Holton
Artist Page - Ruth Holton (Hyperion)
Syrinx Concerts [French/English]
24 Hours Bach – Ruth Holton [N/A]

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