A lyric soprano with an engaging presence on stage, Ruth Hartt has been hailed by critics as "simply lovely" and "particularly stunning.” Equally comfortable performing opera, musical theater, jazz standards, and oratorio, Ruth has been recognized for her versatile voice and genuine character portrayals. For her 2012 appearance as Violetta with the Boston University Opera Institute, Ruth was hailed as “voluptuous and free-spirited” and was praised for her “impressive stamina and technical assurance.” As Blanche in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, critics called her “excellent…a pleasing soprano who captured…[the] character in her movement and singing.”
As a member of the Gerdine Young Artist Program at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Ruth covered the role of Donna Elvira/Don Giovanni and joined the ensemble for an acclaimed revival of John Adam’s The Death of Klinghoffer. Returning to her home state of Maine as a young artist with PORTopera, Ruth appeared as Celidora in Mozart’s L’oca del Cairo and covered the role of Donna Anna. Ruth made her Jordan Hall debut in 2008 singing the role of Elsie Maynard in Gilbert & Sullivan's Yeomen of the Guard, for which she was hailed “the perfect ingénue”, and her Sanders Theater debut in 2012 as soprano soloist in Brahms’ Requiem with the Masterworks Chorale and the Plymouth Philharmonic. Other professional stage experience includes the role of Antonia in Man of La Mancha with Spokane Opera.
From 2011-2012, Ruth was a resident soprano with the Boston University Opera Institute, culminating in an appearance as Violetta in BU’s 2012 gala concert of Verdi’s La Traviata. As Blanche in BU’s 2012 Dialogues of the Carmelites, Ruth “stood out as particularly stunning…marvelous, deftly executing the emotional extremes that the imbalanced Blanche traverses throughout the opera.” For her portrayal of Beatrice Mitchell in the Opera Institute’s 2011 production of Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers, Ruth was praised as “simply lovely.” Her singing was described as “warm…supple and flexible – beautiful in its own right.” Ruth received her master’s degree in vocal performance with honors from Boston University, where she was featured in the roles of Juliette (Roméo et Juliette) and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi).
An active concert soloist, Ruth has been featured with several Boston-area musical organizations including the Boston Boys’ Chorus, the Concord Chorus, the Choral Art Society of Scituate, the Newburyport Chorale Society, The Bostonians, and the Masterworks Chorale. Most recently, Ruth joined Andrew Garland as soloist in Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with the Masterworks Chorale and the Plymouth Philharmonic; other recent projects include Handel’s Messiah with First Church Nashua.
Winner of the 2012 American Prize for Vocal Performance in Art Song, Ruth was also the second place recipient of the 2012 American Prize for Vocal Performance in Opera. The judges commended her as “an artist of sensitivity and intelligence…musically sophisticated…[with] a silvery quality that blooms on top…[and] fine flexibility.” Ruth has been a first place winner in the Classical Singer University Competition (Boston region), as well as the Maine and Fingerlakes NATS Song & Aria competitions; she won third prize in the Portland Rossini Club’s Emily K. Rand Competition. She was selected as a semifinalist in the Cape Cod Symphony’s 2013 Concerto Competition, performing Violetta's aria "Ah! Fors'e lui...Sempre libera" to a packed house.
In the Press
"Violetta, sung by Ruth Hartt, was a voluptuous and free-spirited hostess…Hartt's silvery tone filled the hall easily with arching phrases in 'Ah forse lui.' Her animated and nimble rendition of the notoriously difficult cabaletta 'Sempre libera' was sung with impressive stamina and technical assurance." – The Examiner
"[Hartt] stood out as particularly stunning…marvelous, deftly executing the emotional extremes that the imbalanced Blanche traverses throughout the opera." – The Arts Fuse
"the perfect ingénue." – The Boston Phoenix
"simply lovely…[Hartt as Beatice Mitchell] understands the emotional context in which she is singing…[her] warm tone is supple and flexible – beautiful in its own right." – The Boston Musical Intelligencer
"an artist of sensitivity and intelligence…musically sophisticated…a silvery quality that blooms on top…[with] fine flexibility." – The American Prize
"Hartt has a lovely voice and a super stage presence, portraying Juliette with thoroughly believable acting, singing with great sensitivity to the story." – The Boston Musical Intelligencer
"excellent…a pleasing soprano who captured…[the] character in her movement and singing." – Berkshire Fine Arts Review
"Ruth Hartt...added dramatic flair as well as a tremendous voice to her rendition of “E strano…. Sempre libera” from Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata [at the Cape Cod Symphony Soloist Competition]."- The Barnstable Register
"Energy and excitement enlivened Masterworks Chorale's performances of...Brahms's Ein Deutsches Requiem at Harvard's Sanders Theater on Friday. The chorus shared the stage with the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra…conductor Steven Karidoyanes…[and] two emerging artists from within the American opera scene, baritone Andrew Garland and soprano Ruth Hartt…Both soloists were delightful in this work…Hartt's resonant timbre gave a pleasing feel to the fifth selection, the 'mother's song'…" – The Boston Musical Intelligencer