M.M., Yale School of Music
Ruth Bormann chose music over archeology in her third year at Yale University and went on to get a Master’s degree in Voice from the Yale School of Music, where she studied with Joan Heller and Phyllis Curtin. In the summers she performed in the Tanglewood, Yale at Norfolk, Goldovsky SMU Opera Program, and Ash Lawn Highland Festivals, and in 1985 was a Metropolitan Opera Regional Finalist. After studying in New York with Marlena Malas for a year, Ruth spent two years with the Banff Opera and Music Theatre Festivals. Work there led to a season with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Ruth loves musical comedy as well, and spent several years working in New York. Highlights include Teddy & Alice on Broadway, the national tour of Anything Goes from Lincoln Center, and international tours of The Sound of Music and My Fair Lady.
Grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Jerome Foundation enabled Ruth to study privately in Vienna for a year. The following year she began her European singing career, with Violetta in La Traviata at the Stadttheater Bregenz and Fedora in The Circus Princess at the Stadttheater St. Poelten. From 1992 to 2006 a soloist at the Landestheater, Linz, Ruth’s repertoire there included over thirty roles; favorites include Violetta in La Traviata, Elvira in Ernani, Suor Angelica, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, all Three Ladies in The Tales of Hoffmann, Leila in The Pearl Fishers and the Commander in Voyage.
During her fest engagement in Linz, Ruth guested at the Vienna State Opera for two seasons as the Tochter in Cardillac. Other guestings include Vitellia in La clemenza di Tito in Luzerne, Desdemona in Otello in Passau, and The Circus Princess in Bremerhaven. Ruth Bormann has a wide concert repertoire and has sung, among others, with the Calgary Philharmonic, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, and the Bruckner Orchestra. She frequently sang oratorio in Austria and the Czech Republic for over a decade.
Ruth has taught voice privately throughout her career in the United States and Austria, and taught voice full-time at the St. Paul Academy in Minnesota and the Theatre an der Wien Studio in Vienna, Austria. She is currently teaching a master class at Augsburg College, and will coach German diction with the Chamber Music students. Her language skills include fluent German and good Spanish, Italian and French. She loves helping students to find their voices and the most in themselves, and teaching the tools needed to live in and enjoy the world of professional singing.