Biography

Clarke Ruth is a bass from Toronto, Canada.  He is currently working towards his Master’s Degree at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln in Cologne, Germany. He is studying in the studio of Christoph Prégardien.  In the Hochschule, Clarke has performed in two of the main opera productions.  He played the role of Collatinus in Britten’s “The Rape of Lucretia” in 2019, and in 2021 he played Don Alfonso in Mozart’s “Così fan tutte.” 

 

     Clarke has recently competed in several competitions.  In July 2021 Clarke was a prize winner in the 27th Concours International de Chant de Clermont-Ferrand.  Through this competition, Clarke will perform the role of Alessio from Bellini’s “La sonnambula”, in eight different theatres in France in 2022 and 2023.  In May 2021 he was a semi-finalist in the Internationaler Haydn Wettbewerb in Rohrau, Austria.  And in September 2020 he was a participant in the Debut Wettbewerb in Wittenstein, Germany. 

 

     In October 2020 Clarke participated in the “International Opernwerkstatt”, in Switzerland, organized by Verena Keller.  This workshop had a strong focus on the acting side of opera, and ended with a concert tour through Switzerland. 

 

     In 2019, Clarke received two scholarships.  The first was the Richard Wagner Verband, which allowed him to travel to the Bayreuther Festspiel to see their world-class opera performances.  The second was the WDR Rundfunkchor Stipendium, which allowed him to sing with Cologne's professional radio choir from February 2019 until February 2020. 

 

Clarke is a native English speaker.  He is also fluent in German, and has a basic knowledge of French and Italian.