“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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