““Here we are transported into a world of female love, sorrow and pain. The outstanding singer Ruby Hughes gives sensual luster to the whimpering, sobbing and sighing music by Francesca Caccini, Barbara Strozzi, Lucrezia Vizzana and Claudia Sessa. All is lost but love anyway!””

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Dagens Nyhetter 5*

Heroines of Love and Loss
BIS records

““For all its apparent thematic interest, his CD is really a showcase for the vocal skills of Ruby Hughes, and these turn out to be considerable indeed. In these songs accompanied by lute and cello there is no place to hide, but Hughes’ impeccable technique and expressive imagination take us on a rewarding tour of this lovely repertoire. Her opening Purcell air from Bonduca ‘O, lead me to some peaceful gloom’ establishes the air of melancholy which will prevail, but also lays out Hughes’ credentials as she demonstrates a rich palette of vocal colours. These truly come into their own later in Hughes’ intense account of Dido’s Lament. Amongst the tragic heroines we also have fine music by 17th-century women composers Barbara Strozzi, Claudia Sessa, Lucrezzia Vizzana and Francesca Caccini. The CD ends appropriately with a riveting account of the anonymous ‘O death, rock me asleep’, the words of which are attributed to the tragic Anne Boleyn"”

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The Early Music Review

Heroines of Love and Loss
BIS records

““We have here a very beautiful, coherent CD with a lot of delicate and truly moving singing by Ruby Hughes””

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Pizzicato Magazine 5*

Heroines of Love and Loss
BIS records

““Hughes manages to make this world so much her own. I love the flexibility of her voice, the chameleon quality. Even within this disc she goes from operatic extremes to an intimate chamber place very effectively…. she gets the operatic dimensions of the music beautifully. Its so easy to overload emotions (this whole disc is very charged with anguish and abandonment) but she never overcooks it…. Dido’s lament is beautifully sung. Its a young portrayal of Dido and there’s an innocence here which you don’t normally get and which I found intensely moving. This isn’t a performance of grief, its really internalized””

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Record review on BBC Radio 3 with Andrew Macgregor and Alexandra Coghlan.

Heroines of Love and Loss
BIS records

“The songs "Night of the Flying Horses" and "How Slow the Wind" sung by soprano Ruby Hughes with Musica Vitae captured the intensity and richness of Golikov's creation. Lullaby in the first song grew into a wild dance from Hughes, the delicate opening giving way to an irresistible power. An exciting juxtaposition of ancient and modern was portrayed in two songs by Dowland in new string arrangements together with Huw Watkins’ contemporary song cycle "Remember". Dowland's and Watkins's melancholy were equally sensitively interpreted.”

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Helsingborgs Dagblad

Nostalgia
Ruby Hughes and Malin Broman

Musica Vitae

“A multi award-winner and former BBC New Generation Artist, Hughes is now one of the most sought-after figures on the concert scene. The clarity and translucency of her tone equip her well for earlier music, although her frequent forays into Romantic and contemporary repertoire have also been welcome.”

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London’s most influential people in 2016. The Evening Standard.

Selected for her work in Classical music.

“Hughes’s voice is ravishing, her interpretations wonderfully fresh… her dynamic control, from the whispered opening to the blaze and glory at the close, is breathtaking.”

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Gramophone Magazine

“Highlights include 'The Blessed Virgins Exspostulation' and 'O Solitude' interpreted with exquisite chaste purity by soprano Ruby Hughes.”

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The Telegraph 5*

Purcell Britten realisations cd

“Ruby Hughes has an exceptionally flexible high soprano voice; she can move from an almost toneless sotto voce through to a rich, full sound in the twinkling of an eye. And that hints at her approach to these wonderful songs; she is a natural story-teller, and is always on the look-out for color and drama.”

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MusicWeb International. Record of the Month

Nocturnal Variations recital disc

“Her singing is exceptional for its consistency... a perfect instrument of its kind.”

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BBC Music Magazine Record of the Month, Performance: 5* / Recording: 5*

Nocturnal variations recital disc

“...an inspiring performance of Duruflé’s Requiem, with the soprano Ruby Hughes exquisitely poised and passionate in "Pie Jesu".”

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The Telegraph. Geoffrey Norris

BBC Proms. The Royal Albert Hall

Duruflé Requiem. BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

“...with the fine soprano Ruby Hughes capturing the devout Polish timbre of the texts and singing from the heart in the three songs of sorrow that make up the symphony, this was a rapt occasion.”

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The Guardian. **** Martin Kettle.

BBC Proms The Royal Albert Hall

Gorecki Symphony of Sorrows. BBC Symphony Orchestra

“...Hughes got to the heart of everything with unfailing potency and point.”

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The Irish Times. Michael Dervan

Monteverdi arias and duets, Concerto Copenhagen

West Cork Chamber Music Festival

“Ruby Hughes is a fantastic soprano who communicates wonderfully with the sound of the orchestra as well as the rarely heard psaltery... her voice fits perfectly into the sound structure and concept, blending marvelously with the baroque violins... varying a tasteful vibrato with straight tone in an ideal way; stylistically and vocally sublime...”

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Bernhard Morbach. Kulturradio.

Venetian Christmas, Arte dei Suonatori. BIS records.

“The four soloists seem to really hit their mark, in particular soprano Ruby Hughes who's voice has a spine tingling clarity.”

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Manchester Evening News

Mozart Requiem, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Manchester International Festival.

“Great praise is due to all the soloists, who sing several parts, in particular, however to Ruby Hughes, who appears first as an attractive Titania in a long, bright red coat. Her beautiful, clear soprano voice radiates through the hall and almost moves the audience to tears in the 5th act as the role of the black-clothed, lamenting, weeping Laura. For me, this was the vocal climax of the performance.”

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Kulturradio vom RBB (Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg)

Purcell

The Fairy Queen

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin

RIAS Kammerchor Rinaldo Alessandrini

conductor Berliner Philharmonie

“Outstanding here was soprano Ruby Hughes, who shaped with moving intensity the great lamentation aria 'O let me weep'.”

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Neue Merkur Wien, Ursula Wiegand

Purcell

The Fairy Queen

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin

RIAS Kammerchor

Rinaldo Alessandrini conductor

Berliner Philharmonie

“The soprano soloist for the finale, Ruby Hughes, has the pure, youthful sound it was surely meant for... the gentle blend of voice and orchestra was near-perfect at the end.”

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Manchester Evening News, Robert Beale

Mahler Symphony no. 4

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

Jésus López Cobos conductor

“The second half was devoted to Samuels’ Clytemnestra, a rich, substantial piece from a composer plainly at ease with both her material and her own voice. Hughes sang beautifully; by turn, chilling and heartrending in short, poetic imagery and longer melismatic lines.”

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Steph Power, Wales Arts Review

Rhine Samuel

Clytemnestra

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Tecwyn Evans conductor

“Here, suddenly was a burst of sunlight, with thundering timpani and blazing brass heralding Ruby Hughes’ Himmlische Leben. Her singing was beautiful in timbre and impressive in characterization of the text... a fitting end to an excellent evening.”

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Backtrack, Rohan Shotton

Mahler Symphony no. 4

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

Jésus López Cobos conductor

“In Remember, the highly evocative cycle of four songs for soprano and orchestra - sung by Ruby Hughes and conceived for her - the second setting, Thomas Hardy’s poem Shut Out That Moon, Hughes’s expressivity together with Watkins’s authoritative writing for strings conveyed huge emotional intensity.”

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Ryan Evans, The Guardian

Huw Watkins, Composer portrait

Remember BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Gary Walker conductor

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