Dutch soprano Lenneke Ruiten studied voice with Maria Rondel and Meinard Kraak in the Hague and opera at the Bavarian Theatre Academy in Munich. She also had classes with Elly Ameling, Robert Holl, Hans Hotter, Robert Tear and Walter Berry. In 2002 Lenneke won five prizes at the International Vocal Competition in ’s-Hertogenbosch, including the first prize and the audience prize.
On the opera stage Lenneke Ruiten made her debut as Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro) in Munich. With the Nationale Reisopera (The Netherlands) she sang Yniold (Pelléas et Mélisande) and Ksenia (Boris Godunov). At the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival she sang Blondchen (Die Entführung). In the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam she performed Elisa (Il re pastore) and Mme Herz (Der Schauspieldirektor).
She made a very successful debut with the Netherlands Opera, singing Falke and Hüter der Schwelle (Die Frau ohne Schatten), where she also performed the role of Gabriel in the world premiere of Rob Zuidam’s opera Adam in Exile. At the festival of Beaune she sang Despina (Cosi van Tutte) and Armida (Rinaldo). She sang Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) in Lausanne and St. Gallen, Almirena (Rinaldo) in Lausanne, Echo (Ariadne auf Naxos, featuring Renée Fleming) in Baden-Baden under Christian Thielemann and Konstanze (Die Entführung) in a tour in Holland and Belgium. In 2011 she made her debut at the Salzburger Festspiele in Frau ohne Schatten under Christian Thielemann. In 2011/12 Lenneke sang at the Landestheater Salzburg in the opera-production Musica Speranza.
Lenneke has worked with directors including Louise Moaty, Philippe Arlaud, Christof Loy and Andreas Homoki.
Lenneke is also in great demand as a concert soloist. She has worked with orchestras and ensembles such as the Wiener Philharmoniker, The English Baroque Soloists, The Monteverdi Choir, Staatskapelle Dresden, The Mozarteum Orcherster Salzburg, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Dublin, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Accademia Bizantina, Le Cercle de l'Harmonie, Wiener Akademie with conductors including John Eliot Gardiner, Christian Thielemann, Marek Janowski, Ton Koopman, Helmut Rilling, Ottavio Dantone, Frans Brüggen, Alessandro de Marchi, Robert King, Jérémy Rhorer, Thomas Haselböck, Christian Zacharias and has performed in major festivals of Europe such as Salzburger Festspiele, BBC Proms, Bachfest Leipzig, Prague Spring Festival, Brighton and Aldeburgh Festival, Holland Festival, Lucerne Festival.
In addition to opera and concert singing, Lenneke has a special passion for Lieder. She works with the pianists Thom Janssen and Rudolf Jansen. She sang recitals in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall Londen and Kaisersaal Frankfurt.
After 2 CD’s ‘Mélodies Françaises’ and Brahms Lieder her new solo-CD appeared in 2010 with concert arias and Exsultate Jubilate by Mozart, with the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra conducted by Ed Spanjaard (PentaTone). In 2011 2 CD’s appeared: Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart and her first recording with label Harmonia Mundi with music by J.C. Bach under Hans-Christoph Rademann. Future CD’s: JS Bach: Ascention cantatas with the English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir under John Eliot Gardiner (SDG) and Bruckner: f moll Mass with Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under Marek Janowski (Pentatone).
Future projects include: Mendelssohn’s Ein Sommernachtstraum with Ivan Fischer in Berlin, Telemann Cantatas with Ton Koopman (Worldtour), Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang with Mahler Chamber Orchestra in Köln, Essen, Dortmund under Andrés Orozco-Estrada. Il Ritorno d’Ulisse (Minerva) in Baden-Baden Festspielhaus and Théâtre des Champs-Elysées with Emmanuelle Haïm (featuring Magdalena Kozena and Rolando Villazon), Haydn’s Schöpfungsmesse in Concertgebouw Amsterdam with Masaaki Suzuki, tour Belgium and Holland with arias by Beethoven and Mozart with Le Concert Olympique with Jan Caeyers, Europe tour Cosi fan tutte (Fiordiligi) under Frans Brüggen. Ariadne auf Naxos (Zerbinetta) in St Gallen, Bach Cantatas under Jan Willem de Vriend at the Bachfest Leipzig.