Praised for her "arresting vocalism" by the Spokesman Review, soprano Courtney Ruckman brings a rich and glinting voice to repertoire ranging from bel canto to contemporary opera. In recent engagements, she joined Shreveport Opera as Jessie (Masquerade) and covered the Four Heroines (Tales of Hoffmann) with Opera Orlando. In upcoming engagements, she joins Wilmington Concert Opera as Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) and later debuts with the Port Angeles Symphony in performances of Knoxville, Summer of 1915.
In recent seasons she debuted with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra as the soprano soloist in the Messiah and returned as First Lady in a staged production of Die Zauberflöte. She also appeared as an emerging artist with Nashville Opera, singing Frasquita (Carmen) and creating the role of Jessie (Masquerade) in the world premiere of Three Way. She reprised the role with American Opera Projects for Three Way's New York City premiere and the cast album recording. Additional roles in her repertoire include Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Marzelline (Fidelio), Gilda (Rigoletto), the Youth (After Life), and Héro (Béatrice et Bénédict).
In concert she debuted with both the Walla Walla Symphony and Portland Chamber Orchestra as the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah. She gave additional performances with the Portland Chamber Orchestra as the soprano soloist in Judas Maccabaeus. She performed a series of recitals at the Caramoor Festival which included the world premiere of Images de Noël (Theisen) and collaborated again with Theisen to give the world premiere performance of Klage at the International Saxophone Symposium.
The Maryland native is an alumna of the young artist programs of the Caramoor Festival and Central City Opera and was a Northwest Region finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
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