Ruth Strutt and Taryn Fiebig, accompanied by Tahu Matheson, enthralled audience members of the recent Studio Recital concert hosted by Opera Australia. Berg: Romantic to Maverick offered a stunning program of German lied and art song, and received the following glowing review from The Sydney Morning Herald.
"In a thoughtfully constructed program of German Romantic and Expressionist song, soprano Taryn Fiebig, mezzo Ruth Strutt and pianist Tahu Matheson not only provided stylistic and historical context for Opera Australia's current outstanding production of Berg's Wozzeck directed by William Kentridge but also showcased some superb vocal artistry.
Fiebig (who also subbed as cellist for some early Berg pieces) was in toweringly magnificent form with full-coloured tone, expressive intensity and commanding vocal control in music by Mahler, Schoenberg, Schreker, Marx, and Berg.
Co-equal in vocal power, Strutt sang arias by Schreker, Berg and Zemlinsky with rich warmth and emotional focus. It was a glimpse behind the operatic curtain at the more intimate language of lieder and the subtle performance skills that inform it."
- Sydney Morning Herald, 4.5 stars
Ruth will be joining opera superstar Teddy Tahu Rhodes for two concerts in the New England Region. Opera North West will present Banquet: A Musical Feast in Armidale and Inverell, NSW, on September 21 & 22, 2018.
Joining Teddy and Ruth will be Peta Blythe (soprano), Henry Choo (tenor) and Rhodri Clarke (piano), and audiences are guaranteed an evening spectacular singing not to be missed. Ruth is especially excited to be performing in her hometown of Armidale after being away for some time.
Bookings are available through TryBooking, so be sure to get in early!
New Year's Day was the opening performance of the Opera Australia Great Opera Hits concert series at the Sydney Opera House. The Joan Sutherland Theatre hosted hundreds of excited audience members, who were lavished with operatic affection!
Ruth Strutt sang mezzo-soprano arias by Bizet and Rossini, and performed alongside fellow OA artists Kathryn Radcliffe, Andrew Jones, and Simon Kim. In the coming concerts, the Ruth will be joined by renowned sopranos Lorina Gore and Stacey Alleaume.
The reviews from our audiences are already flowing in:
"I attended the opening performance of Opera Australia's 2018 season of Great Opera Hits and it was absolutely marvellous. I wasn't sure what to expect of this concert presentation of familiar arias and duets, sung by local Australian artists and accompanied by Guy Noble on piano, but it was both musically excellent and more fun than I had ever imagined. We laughed, we shed some tears, in one place we even sang along...don't be put off if you "don't like opera", this performance may well change your mind. I've never been to a classical concert where the audience virtually erupted into a standing ovation as soon as the artists took their curtain call, and it was well deserved. Thanks, Opera Australia, for letting us see these extraordinarily talented performers to start off our new year!" (from TripAdvisor)