German Soprano Katharina Ruckgaber was born in Munich and has been a member of the International Opera Studio at the Frankfurt Opera since 2014/15.
Before joining the studio, she made her Frankfurt Opera debut in 2013/14 as Eurydike in Telemann`s “Orpheus”.
Since joining the studio, she has appeared as First Woodnymphe (Dvorak “Rusalka”), Berta (Weber “Euryanthe”) as well as Sandman (Humperdinck “Hänsel und Gretel”), while performing both Sandman and Dew Fairy at the Staatstheater Darmstadt.
In 2015/16 Katharina Ruckgaber will sing at the Frankfurt Opera Susanna (Mozart “Le Nozze di Figaro”), Frasquita (Bizet “Carmen”), The Forest Bird (Wagner “Siegfried”) and Nunziella in the premiere production of V.Fioravanti`s “Le Cantatrici Villane”.
Notably, in 2015 Katharina Ruckgaber gave her Konzerthaus Berlin debut as Fennimore in Kurt Weill`s “Der Silbersee” under the baton of Iván Fischer.
In July 2015 she will sing Rosina in Mozart`s “Finta Semplice” at the 40th Cantiere Festival Montepulciano (founded by Hans Werner Henze).
The young soprano made her operatic debut in 2011 as Despina in Mozart´s “Così fan tutte” with Bruno Weil conducting at Schloßfestspiele Weikersheim and reprised this role soon after for the Festival Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
While still a student at “Bayerische Theaterakademie August Everding” she sang Serpetta in Mozart´s “Finta Giardiniera” at the Prinzregententheater München with the Kammerorchester München. The role of Serpetta she then also performed at the “Bamberg Biennale 2012” with the Bamberger Symphoniker, under Ainars Rubikis.
In 2013 Katharina Ruckgaber sang Antoinette in Oscar Strasnoy´s contemporary opera “Le Bal” with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Ulf Schirmer conducting and Jenny in Weill`s “Down in the Valley” for the KurtWeillFest Dessau under Antony Hermus.
Other roles performed on stage this year included Anna Reich (Nicolai “The Merry Wives of Windsor”), Governess (Britten “The Turn of the Screw”) and Servilia (Mozart “La Clemenza di Tito”).
In 2014 she sang the female lead role “Kokua” in the world premiere of W. Hiller´s “Der Flaschengeist” at the Gärtnerplatztheater München.
Versatile artist, Katharina Ruckgaber, is also in demand as a concert and recital singer.
Recent concert highlights include a Liederabend for the Stuttgart Hugo-Wolf-Akademie with tenor Mauro Peter and pianist Helmut Deutsch and a recital with the Gürzenich Quartett Cologne at the KurtWeillFest 2015.
She is the recipient of scholarships from the Deutscher Bühnenverein and the Yehudi Menuhin LiveMusicNow Foundation, and is the winner of the Großer Förderpreis of the Jütting-Stiftung Stendal.
Katharina Ruckgaber recently graduated with the Christl und Klaus Haack Preis from the “Hochschule für Musik und Theater München”, where she studied with Prof. Andreas Schmidt and Lied with Helmut Deutsch.
She has also participated in masterclasses with Edith Mathis, Angelika Kirchschlager, Margreet Honig, Edith Wiens and Lillian Watson.