Soprano Courtney Ruckman is carving out a niche in the performance of contemporary art song and opera. She recently created Jessie (Masquerade) in the world premiere of Paterson's Three Way with Nashville Opera. She reprised the role for the New York City premiere with American Opera Projects and recorded Jessie for the cast album. Additionally, she covered the Youth in the world premiere of Cipullo's After Life with Music of Remembrance. In a solo recital at Caramoor, she recently premiered a set of songs from Images de Noël by Alan Theisen. She collaborated again with Theisen at the International Saxophone Symposium in the premiere of Klage, a piece for soprano and saxophone orchestra.
In upcoming engagements, she covers the Four Heroines in Tales of Hoffmann with Opera Orlando and revisits Jessie in Three Way with Shreveport Opera. On the concert stage, she debuts with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra as the soprano soloist in Handel's Messiah and later returns for a full production of Die Zauberflöte as the First Lady.
Courtney spent the spring as an emerging artist with Nashville Opera, performing Frasquita (Carmen) in addition to her role in the Three Way premiere. In other recent engagements, she covered Marzelline (Fidelio) as a Caramoor Bel Canto Young Artist, performed as First Lady (Die Zauberflöte) with Opera Coeur d'Alene, was a studio artist with Central City Opera, and was a Messiah soloist with the Portland Chamber Orchestra. Additional roles in her repertoire include Gilda (Rigoletto), Sophie (Werther), and Héro (Béatrice et Bénédict).
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