Soprano Ruth Jenkins grew up in Newcastle upon Tyne and graduated in Land Economy from Jesus College, University of Cambridge in 2008. She is currently studying with Lillian Watson and Audrey Hyland at the Royal Academy of Music where she has received the Newby Trust, the Arthur Lyons and the Lucille Graham Awards for study. This year she has won the Dame Eva Turner Award for Operatic Potential, first prize in the Jackdaw Vocal Awards at the Wigmore Hall, and is the 2010 Leith Hill Festival Award Winner. She was also a prize winner in the Courtney Kenny English Song Competition (organised by the Association of English Singers and Speakers) and was a finalist in both the Richard Lewis Competition and the Nancy Nuttall Early Music Prize.
Ruth is a member of the Royal Academy of Music Song Circle, through which she made her debuts at London’s Wigmore Hall and King’s Place. Recent masterclasses include lieder with Angelika Kirchschlager, English song with Robert Tear and oratorio with Barbara Bonney. In 2010 Ruth sang Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte with Royal Academy Opera, and has recently created the part of Zhou in the new Maxwell Davis opera Kommilitonen! premièred at the RAM in March 2011. Ruth is grateful to the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Josephine Baker Trust, the Sammy Johnson Memorial Fund, the Simon Fletcher Charitable Trust and the Newby Trust for their support.