Ruth-Maria Nicolay

Ruth-Maria Nicolay

Ruth-Maria Nicolay began her stage career as a lyrical Mezzosoprano after her studies in Saarbrücken and Hamburg under, among others, the tutelage of the highly respected Judith Beckmann.

Among her numerous accolades, she was awarded the first prize by the VDMK Sonderpreis Berlin in 1986, the Deutsche Musikwettbewerb Bonn in 1987, the Richard-Strauss-Medaille Munich in 1988 as well the Kol Israel Award for the best interpretation of a contemporary composition in Jerusalem, 1993.

In the 94/95 season, after four years at the Hannover State Opera House, she started to develop her career on a freelance level. As a guest she has sung at, among others, the German Opera House Berlin, the Semperoper Dresden, the Hannover State Opera House, the Nürnberg State Theatre, the Mannheim National Theatre, the Mainz State Theatre, the Bonn Opera House, the Bern City Theatre, the German National Theatre Weimar, the Opera House Toulon and the New Israeli Opera House.

In September 1999 she gave her first performance in the dramatic Soprano roles of both Sieglinde and Siegfried’s Brünnhilde. Further central roles in this Fach have included Ortrud in Lohengrin, Leonore in Fidelio, Olga in Das Schloss by Aribert Reimann, Kundry in Parsifal, Regan in Reimann’s Lear, Lisa in Tschaikovsky’s Pique Dame as well as Salome.

Her concert repertoire is very diverse, ranging from baroque to contemporary music. She has given performances across Europe, Asia and South America. For Harmonia Mundi’s Primavera edition, Ruth-Maria Nicolay was published singing Wagner, Brahms, Ravel and Hindemith. There is also a live recording of her performance of Schubert’s Gretchen-Lieder sang to the lyrics of Goethe’s Faust available on CD.

Ruth-Maria Nicolay has worked with, among others, such conductors as: Werner Andreas Albert, Georg Alexander Albrecht, Marc Albrecht, Frank Beermann, Marcus Bosch, Gregor Bühl, Hans Drewanz, Adam Fischer, Johannes Fritzsch, Walter Gugerbauer, Peter Gülke, Leopold Hager, Will Humburg, Eberhard Kloke, Alicja Mounk, Christof Prick, Helmuth Rilling, Donald Runnicles, Catherine Rückwardt, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Stefan Solyom and Günther Wandt.

In the 13/14 season, Ruth-Maria Nicolay sang the part of Ortrud in a new production of Lohengrin at the Mainfranken Theater Würzburg, as a guest of the Deutsche Nationaltheater Weimar, the Augsburg Theatre and the Coburg Theatre. In January 2014 she made her debut as Isolde in the new production of Tristan and Isolde at the Darmstadt State Theatre. Most recently she sang the role of Herodias in Salome at the Staatstheater Schwerin.

Beethoven – Fidelio – Leonore
Dresden, Köln
Borodin – Fürst Igor – Kontschakovna
Dortmund
Gluck – Orpheus – Orpheus
Hamburg
Händel – Alcina – Ruggiero
Gelsenkirchen
Humperdinck – Hänsel und Gretel – Hänsel
Gelsenkirchen, Hannover, Kassel
Janacek – Katja – Kabanova – Barbara
Hannover
C.Kerger – Rinderwahn – Hanna
Mannheim, Luxemburg
Massenet – Thais – Myrtale
Gelsenkirchen
Mozart – Zauberflöte – Zweite Dame
Hannover
Offenbach – Hoffmann – Muse/Niklaus
Hannover
Pfitzner – Palästrina – Silla
Hannover
Prokofieff – Feuriger Engel – Renata
Münster
Purcel – Dido und Aeneas – Dido
Saarbrücken
Reimann – Schloss – Olga
Hannover, D.O. Berlin
Reimann – Lear – Regan
Kassel
Smetana – Verkaufte Braut – Agnes
Hannover
R.Strauss – Ariadne – Componist
Hannover, Saarbrücken
Stravinsky – Rake`s Progress – Baba
Tel Aviv
Tschaikowski – Onegin – Olga
Hannover
Tschaikowski – Jeanne D`Arc – Johanna
Wuppertal
Tschaikowski – Pique Dame – Lisa
Erfurt
Verdi – Ballo in mascera – Ulrika
Nürnberg, Hannover
Verdi – Don Carlos – Eboli
Hannover, Wuppertal, Mainz
Verdi – Macbeth – Lady
Münster, Erfurt
Verdi – Nabucco – Fenena
Hannover
Verdi – Rigoletto – Maddalena
Hannover
Wagner – Rheingold – Flosshilde
Hannover
Wagner – Walküren – Waltraute
Hannover
Wagner – Walküren – Sieglinde
Hannover, Mannheim, Nürnberg, Toulon
Wagner – Siegfried – Brünnhilde
Hannover, Mannheim, Bonn
Wagner – Götterdämmerung – Brünnhilde
Erfurt konzertant
Wagner – Götterdämmerung – Dritte/Zweite Norn
Hannover,Nürnberg
Wagner – Götterdämmerung – Waltraute
Hannover, Nürnberg
Wagner – Holländer – Senta
Augsburg
Wagner – Tannhäuser – Venus
Gelsenkirchen, Kaiserslautern
Wagner – Tristan und Isolde – Brangäne
Bern, Minden, Chemnitz
Wagner – Tristan und Isolde – Isolde
Darmstadt
Wagner – Lohengrin – Ortrud
Hannover, Dresden, Bremen, Nürnberg, Minden, Weimar
Wagner – Parsifal – Kundry
Mainz, Meiningen
Weill – Silbersee – Fenimore
Gelsenkirchen
Bach
Johannes-Passion
Matthäus-Passion
Messe h-moll
Weihnachtsoratorium
Magnifikat
Solokantate BWV 169 Kantaten
Beethoven
Messe C- Dur op. 86
Missa Solemnis
Sinfonie Nr. 9
Berlioz
Romeo et Juliette op. 17
Brahms
Vier Ernste Gesänge
Alt-Rhapsodie op. 53
Bruckner
Messe f –moll
Te Deum
Draeseke
Requiem
Dvorak
Stabat Mater
Requiem
Händel
Judas Maccabäus
Messias ( auch-Mozart-Fassung )
Nelson-Messe
Pauken-Messe
Stabat Mater
Hindemith
Die junge Magd
Des Todes Tod
Kagel
Ein Brief
Langlais
Missa „in simplicikate“
Mahler
Kindertotenlieder
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Rückert-Lieder
Wunderhorn-Lieder
Sinfonie Nr.2
Sinfonie Nr.8
Das Lied von der Erde
Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Elias
Mozart
Requiem
Vespere solennes
Konzertarie KV 505
Krönungsmesse
Orgel-Solomesse
Cosi fan tutte – Messe
Pergolesi
Stabat Mater
Poos, Heinrich
Magnifikat
Zeitkantate
Ran, Shulamit
O the Chinmeys
Ravel
Shéhérazade
Deux Melodies Hébraique
Reger
An die Hoffnung
Rihm
Dies
Rossini
Messe Solennelle
Stabat Mater
R. Strauss
Orchesterlieder
Schoenberg
Gurrelieder
Verdi
Requiem
Wagner
Wesendonk-Lieder
Wagner/ Henze
Wesendonk-Lieder
Wengler, Marcel
Luzifer

  1. Herzeleid
  2. Lear
  3. Lohengrin_Minden EG