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 Three Way in a co-production with Nashville Opera and American Opera Projects and reprised the role with Shreveport Opera. 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 premiered a set of songs entitled 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.
Most recently Courtney covered the Four Heroines in Tales of Hoffmann with Opera Orlando and debuted with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra as the soprano soloist in Handel's Messiah. She returned for a full production of Die Zauberflöte as the First Lady. In upcoming engagements, she joins Wilmington Concert Opera, covering Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, and later debuts with the Port Angeles Symphony in performances of Knoxville, Summer of 1915.
As a young artist Courtney joined Nashville Opera, performing Frasquita (Carmen) in addition to her role in the Three Way premiere. She also spent a summer as a Caramoor Bel Canto Young Artist, covering Marzelline (Fidelio), and joined Central City Opera as a studio artist.
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